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 lookingcloser.org 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.

  • http://chasingpictures.blogspot.com/ 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: http://chasingpictures.blogspot.com/2008/12/we-dont-care-were-waiting-for-jesus.html

    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.

    -John

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


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