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Cinematic Borealis

It’s Light with a capital "L," and its dazzling display, that Calvin College English professor Roy Anker is set on capturing in his Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies. The Deer Hunter, Babette’s Feast, the Star Wars series, and The Mission are among the 19 films Anker examines, not just for their plots and characters but the ways in which they make the Invisible visible. Eerdmans.

Sneetches and Thneeds

Dr. Seuss’ silly rhymes and kooky drawings have long appealed to children, but did you know Yertle the Turtle was modeled after Hitler? And that The Butter Battle Book was really a satire on the Cold War? The Political Dr. Seuss shows the activist side of Theodor Geisel—this "personable zealot," as friends called him—as he addressed anti-Semitism, environmentalism, materialism, and other "isms" in his beloved books. Airs on PBS October 26.

Loving Dissonance

The twists and turns that led to Thomas Merton’s life as a Trappist monk make for intriguing reading, as millions know. Merton: A Film Biography covers the autobiographical details but also why his work and writing spoke to so many. The DVD includes interviews with the Dalai Lama, Joan Baez, and others, and, though the film originally debuted in 1984, it’s a solid resource for those unfamiliar with Merton. www.firstrunfeatures.com.

I Am Who I Am

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Sojourners Magazine October 2004
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