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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • 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.