And after you have watched the movie, be sure to read the short story—or read the short story first and then watch the movie.
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Dinesen was an important writer, unjustly neglected today. She was not a Christian in any strict sense, but I would say her work is as if not more important for Christians to read as, say, that of T S Eliot, who was almost her exact contemporary, or that of C S Lewis or Flannery O’Connor.
A jewel of a film.
The Criterion DVD includes the short story in the accompanying booklet. One of my all time favorite films. Folks ought to watch this and Pavel Lungin’s The Island (there is another film with the same title, very different!) every so often.
A brilliant movie, indeed! I like to see it as a beautiful expression of Eastern Orthodox Church’s Weltanschauung, according to which space, time and matter are meant to be filled with God’s gracious glory. I recommend the Rubem Alves’ notes on this film, in his superbly written book “The Poet, the Warrior, the Prophet”.
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