If Christians want to make significant contributions to filmmaking…

William Romanowski, author of Eyes Wide Open, showed up in the pages of today’s USA Today, addressing the potential for Christians to encourage productive dialogue through the medium of film.

Only when evangelicals agree to look at Hollywood not just as an evangelistic tool, or a harmless entertainment provider, but also as an important participant in cultural discourse will they understand that as a major share of the movie market, they are in a position to shape that vital discussion.

I would add that evangelicals who want to make a difference through moviemaking need to learn the power of beauty, of imagery, to provoke and challenge the viewer. It’s one thing to make a movie that provokes us to participate in important conversations. It’s another thing to cultivate viewers’ appetites for spiritual nourishment by showing them images of such beauty that they must seek out the source of such inspiration.

After all, creation itself “pours forth speech” merely by the beauty of God’s design. That’s why Christ taught so much through metaphor… he saw profundity everywhere he looked, not just in the lessons taught at the temple. He wanted us to develop “eyes to see.” Sometimes, imagery can say something entirely different, and far more affecting, than the script.

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  • Anonymous

    Josh Brolin was great in INTO THE WEST, but he was even better as a young Wild Bill Hickok in TV’s THE YOUNG RIDERS.

    His portrayal of Hickok remains my all-time favorite TV character, no joke. Sort of a young Clint Eastwood type character.

    This is perfect casting and should help propel Brolin to the big screen star status I’ve been expecting since TYR

  • Drew

    If you haven’t seen David O’ Russell’s (Three Kings, I ‘heart’ Huckabees)early odd-comedy
    Flirting With Disaster, Brolin is actually quite funny as a bi-sexual cop. He is surprisingly good at the more absurdist humor that the Coens and O’Russell are excellent at.

  • lbrodine

    I didn’t see Into the West, but I did see Brolin in that other great collaboration with Spielberg… The Goonies! Yep, I’m sure it was his brilliant performance as Samwise’s older brother… I mean, Sean Astin… that got him the part with the Coen Bros.

  • Bubba

    You might be interested in a TownHall.com article on a similar subject, on how political conservatives have failed the world of art.

  • Anonymous

    Will they ever do better than “The New World”? What do they feel is lacking in that movie?

    Not only does “The New World” give us the “eyes to see”, it gives us the very thing we long to see with those new eyes. It is self-fulfilling.