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Lease of Life (1954)
Soft and subtle
27 December 2002
Few contemporary films address religion with any sense of the nuances inherent in a belief in the supernatural. This film does so, and does so in ways so lovely that when it comes to its rather abrupt ending you're left saying "Wow...that was really interesting."

Donat plays the classic English parson, a role unchanged since Trollope, poor, scrimping, of moderate talents but immense goodness. When forced to face his own mortality, he becomes happier than ever before, since he can act with his beliefs out there for all to see.

The film also addresses the very common idea that a life of religion is one of rules alone, and demolishes it brusquely. The religious life is not one of rules but one of freedom. Freedom from many things, but freedom to do others. It is compellingly summarized in his brief but heartfelt sermon that is eagerly misinterpreted by the masses. But it is the message Jesus offered 2000 years ago. If you believe, and act on that belief, rules no longer are important. That is the ultimate freedom, and why Donat can be so happy while under a death sentence.

Fine film, understated yet potent.
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Bedazzled (1967)
10/10
Best film ever
28 August 2000
There is no film that is funnier, more clever, and more wise. The jokes are always on target, and if you don't take at least 3 concepts from this film into your life: Lillian Lust, the Babe With the Bust, the kind old lady who was perfectly willing to cheat for a prize, and the glorious leaping Beryllians, you are a cynic. Theologically sharp and still bright and clever. DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!
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Bedazzled (1967)
10/10
The Finest
30 November 1998
Absolutely my favorite movie. It is funny, clever, witty, and theologically sound. If I ever meet Satan, I am sure he will not have horns and a red suit but will be charming and a lot of fun. See it!
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