Truffin and Morefield on Chariots of Fire: Does God care who wins?

As a follow-up to my two-part post (1, 2) on revisiting Chariots of Fire, I want to share this lengthy discussion between my friends Ken Morefield and Todd Truffin from their podcast called The Thin Place.

I like this episode’s clever title.

Keep in mind: This is a very thorough discussion of the film, so if you haven’t seen Chariots of Fire, or have forgotten it, you may want to steer clear. It’s loaded with spoilers.

But then, it has some laugh out loud testimonies: “I’ve been in churches or youth groups where they take the Vangelis song and turn it into into a hymn… add words to it that can then be done in a worship service!”

The post-viewing discussion: It’s the biggest missing piece of most moviegoers’ experience. How often do we sit down and talk about, for more than five minutes, the two hours we’ve just experienced? I love that Truffin and Morefield are willing to sit down and talk for an hour, to disagree, to find out what they think through a respectful conversation. They set a great example.

I’m so grateful, I’m willing to overlook the fact that Morefield describes my favorite Terrence Malick film as a movie “about Columbus.”

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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, LookingCloser.org. 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 facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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