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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at

  • 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.