It Came Upon a Big Screen Clear: An examination of overlooked, underrated Christmas films

Here’s the latest installment in the Through a Screen Darkly series at Christianity Today…

It Came Upon a Big Screen Clear

Holiday movies don’t often depict the real Christmas story, but when they do, it’s a light shining in the darkness.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • John Owen

    Hi Jeffrey,

    I’ve been reading your blog for several months now. This is my first comment.

    Just a week ago, I blogged my own quick gut reaction to A Christmas Tale:

    I’m interested to know what you think of the whole Sylvia-New World connection. (I think that an attempt at a connection is made explicit when a poster advertising “Le nouveau monde” is shown on the wall of the theatre where Sylvia and her husband stop to talk).

    Thanks for your work. Be well.


    p.s. I’m looking forward to reading what you think of Gran Torino. I just saw it and thought it was great.