Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Arts & Faith community — which I’ve been a member of since before the A&F website was created ten years ago — has released a list of the Top 25 Films on Marriage. This is the third Top 25 list that the A&F community has produced in the last few years, as a supplement to our occasional Top 100 films-of-all-time lists — but it is the first Top 25 that I myself took part in. The first was devoted to horror films, of which I am not a particularly big or well-informed fan, and the second was devoted to road movies, which was so broadly defined that some movies on that list — such as 2001: A Space Odyssey — don’t even feature any roads! (But the movie still portrays a “pilgrimage” of sorts, so.) However, I did very much want to take part in the marriage-movie list, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my favorite movies of all time — a very obscure (on this continent) British flick called The Family Way — came in at #8. I wrote the blurb on that film, as well as the blurb on Hobson’s Choice, a David Lean comedy (yes, they do exist!) which came in at #22. To learn more about the list, and the community that produced it, check out this introductory essay by M. Leary at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image magazine.
The Arts & Faith Top 25 Films on Marriage
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).