The Church meets pop culture for this podcast series of Advent reflections. Fr Peter Malone MSC relates 28 movies to the Gospel.
Following an Advent Calendar theme, one MP3 review is uploaded for each day of Advent.
The Nativity Story (2006)
"Quite an amount of attention was given to the screenplay of this film to make it very much a dramatisation of the Gospels - but also to fill in a lot of the background that we know from the history of the times. It's a very fine example of looking at Mary's life between the time just before the Annunciation and culminating in the birth of Jesus."
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Fr Peter's review
The Nativity Story - Review 48.50 kB
Background on the film can be found at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including Films and Values, Movie Christs and Antichrists, Cinema Down Under and the excellent Lights, Camera, Faith (Movie Lectionary) series.