Great Interview with Christian Movie Producer

Ralph Winter is the producer of both X-Men films and the upcoming Fantastic Four. He is also a Christian.

Christianity Today has a great interview where you can get to know him.

Something that really impressed me is how well Winter sizes up the film American Beauty and the oft-wrongheaded Christian opposition to that movie.

As the original super blogger Instapundit likes to say, “Read the whole thing.”

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4 thoughts on “Great Interview with Christian Movie Producer

  1. I can see why Winter would think that “American Beauty” gives us a deeper insight into the Bible. The Ricky Fitts character in particular well illustrates that the beauty of the transcendent is revealed in the ordinary (or tragic) things of life and can be experienced. I can also see why many Christians rejected the film. Although experientially sensitive to the transcendent, Fitts has no real knowledge of who it is or the implications thereof. “American Beauty” can give insights into the Bible, but it takes the Bible to properly assess what “American Beauty” touches upon.

  2. My overwhelming feeling about the film was that it showed a man indulging himself with utter disregard for his family or any moral compass who then experiences a complete transformation literally just in time. It felt like Christian conversion to me. I had a strong intuition the scriptwriter was engaging in “pre-evangelism” by tilling the soil to receive the seed of the gospel.

    HB

  3. “My overwhelming feeling about the film was that it showed a man indulging himself with utter disregard for his family or any moral compass who then experiences a complete transformation literally just in time.”

    Interesting, I didn’t see that at all. What I saw was a man who shed all the ridiculous expectations of society of others in order to be himself. At first he fixates on the girl thinking that what he wants is to be with her, but what he really wants is just to be himself. Free of the nagging manipulative wife. Free of the job he hates and knows to be unethical. Free of the societal strictures that have no real meaning in the face of individual ethos.

    Much like the Matrix the story is adaptable enough for people to see what they want.

  4. What do you make of his sudden fatherly care for the girl? What about his loving look at the picture of his family (from the bad old days of restriction)? He’s passed through the “me” phase and is on his way back before he’s destroyed.

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