|FCC 138 THE AFRICAN QUEEN|
|On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we traverse the Ulanga and the Bora Rivers in one sitting as we look for Christian themes in the 1951 Classic Film THE AFRICAN QUEEN. How is Charlie Allnut's ministry different from Rose Sayer ministry? How does it help us better understand compassion? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!||GUEST(S)|
|Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 138.|
I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.
Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.
We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; the plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.
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|Kubo and the Two Stings | FCC 137||http://fcc.gctnetwork.com/137|
|GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)||AUDIO|
|BLT||This could be a Aristotelian stage play...|
-- Unity of setting, time, and plot
-- Strong character development
FCC's Very Own!
-- HUMPHREY BOGART as Charlie Allnut
-- KATHARINE HEPBURN as Rose Sayer
-- ROBERT MORLEY as The Brother / Rev. Samuel Sayer
|BLT||Charlie Allnut breathes compassion as he works with the indigenous natives.|
Rose Sayer lets her piety get in the way of that compassion...until she is swept aboard the African with Charlie Allnut
Saving him from the rain = compassion
Pouring out the gin = not so much
Starting on a pious revenge quest but then being transformed by compassion? Priceless.
|mh||The only thing missing from this film is a monkey. Bogie needed a monkey on that boat.|
Another picture of the Great Persecution of disciples of Christ Jesus which began in Acts 8:1 (And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, etc.), and was mentioned throughout the entire NT: Christians everywhere were tested by trials from the Jews and Romans alike (see Matthew 10:16-23). They were encouraged over and over again to endure until the end.
Charlie and Rosie are a wonderful image of believers with radically different backgrounds (Jew and Gentile; slave and free; male and female; rich and poor) encouraging, edifying, lifting up, loving each other. And, thereby, bringing glory to the Father who rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
SOUND BITE 1: If it hadn’t been for you this couldn’t be. Don’t you feel proud of yourself? | Certainly not. Look at the way you kept the engine going. Lookit how you mended the propeller; it wan’t me at all. I don’t think there’s another man alive who could’ve done it. | Right you are, Rosie. Because no other man alive has got you. | Ha ha, Charlie! | I’ll never forget the way you looked going over the falls: head up, chin out, hair blowing in the wind. The living picture of a heroine! | Fancy me a heroine. Oh Charlie, you’ve lost your mind.
SOUND BITE 2: There, dear. There, there. | Fine specimen of a man I am, ain’t I? | You’re the bravest man that ever lived. You’re just overdue, that’s all. What you need is a few hours sleep. There. Now you’re all comfortable? Go to sleep, dear. When you wake up we’ll be on our way again. | Rosie. | Yes, Charlie. | You wanna know the truth, don’t you? Even if we had all our strength we’d never get her off this mud. We’re finished. | I know it. | But, Rosie. I’m not one bit sorry I came. What I mean is: it was worth it.
SOUND BITE 3: Dear Lord, we’ve come to the end of our journey. In a little while we will stand before you. I pray for you to be merciful. Judge us not for our weakness, but for our love. And open the doors of heaven for Charlie and me.
|Romans 5:1-6 NRSV|
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
James 1:2-4 NASB
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials [a putting to proof], knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:12 NASB
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 NASB
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
|jc||Agreed on the partnership between Rosie and Charlie -- but it doesn't happen immediately, and it has to overcome some preconceptions on both sides. In the early scenes of the movie, we get the sense that Rosie and her brother, as hard as they are working to show Christian charity, think of themselves as superior to Charlie. Director John Huston, when he was talking to Katharine Hepburn about these early scenes, told her to imagine Eleanor Roosevelt, who had this sort of determined, grit-your-teeth smile on her face even in times when she was obviously not happy. Hepburn thought that was the best piece of direction she ever got as an actress. In those early stages of the movie, Rosie is not happy about being around Charlie. Charlie, meanwhile, is very deferential -- probably the most deferential we ever see Bogart in a movie -- but it's obvious he's no happier about the situation than she is. But through shared experience, they are able to recognize something in each other and overcome those preconceptions. Jesus, in his earthly ministry, was especially hard on the religious elements that thought their own holy acts made them superior to others -- not because there was anything wrong about holiness or anything right about sin, but because these people failed to see that we are all sinners, all in need of God's saving grace and forgiveness. In Luke 18:9-14, we see this attitude in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican. As Christians, our attempts to reach out to others have to be based on a humble recognition that we are all equal in our need for God. We have to be constantly on guard against patting ourselves on the back for our own holiness, or against looking down our nose at sinners.||Luke 18:9-14 (NASB)|
The Pharisee and the Publican
9 And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
|What Christian themes have you found in...?|
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|PS Philip Comment on KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS: Full Armor of God | FCC 137||Hey guys, loved this gorgeous film. I appreciate how spooky it is at times, fun for the whole family.|
One thing I get from Kubo is the ending when the villagers had a chance to exact revenge on the Moon King, but instead showed him mercy. Matthew 9:13(NET) tells us "Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The film made an interesting choice at that point, controversial for some because they fabricated a past and did not tell him the truth. I did appreciate the mercy shown him, and it reminds me of how merciful God is to me. And that's definitely truth right there.
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