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C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia

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05-51567 C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia Readers and fans worldwide know the land of Narnia and the magical beings who dwell there. But few know the genius who created this beloved fantasy. Now meet C.S. Lewis, an extraordinary creative force, in this engaging true life story, filmed in Oxford, England where he lived, worked and imagined The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the other tales that make up the beloved The Chronicles of Narnia. Approximately 54 Minutes Color

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  • Actors: Anton Rodgers
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Good Times Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000E6ES7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's remarkable how ordinary and seemingly insignificant events prove pivotal, and in God's economy part of his grand design. Such is the case in the life of C.S. Lewis. He wrote, "I always believed that miracles can happen. You just have to be at the right place at the right time."

The tragic loss of his mother led to a cruel English boarding school experience. Begging to leave, he came out into the spacious freedom of a demanding but beloved tutor, who inspired a love of learning and knowledge. It served as preparation for Oxford University.

His education was interrupted by what was called "The Great War." Did the tragedy and horror of it confirm his atheism? Wounded in battle, he returned to his studies and Christian friends like J.R.R. Tolkien, who challenged his atheistic assumptions.

His defenses began to crumble when he realized that not only were his best friends Christian, his favorite books were written by Christian authors. He could no longer deny God's existence and felt the pressure of God's pursuit.

He had been filled with trepidation at the thought of becoming a believer, but in 1929 he reluctantly surrendered. It was anything but joyous.

But years later, after a career in writing had emerged, he agreed to meet with an American woman who had written him. This seemingly insignificant event would forever change his life. He was at the right place at the right time. Joy Gresham would become his friend, and later to make it possible for her to stay in England, Lewis agreed to a hasty "paper" marriage.

It was the tragedy of Joy's cancer that brought their love to the surface, which led to a real marriage before God. At last Lewis would know the joy in his sixties that he had been denied in his twenties.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Patrick O VINE VOICE on May 14, 2006
The trouble with many documentaries on religious figures or events is that in our era of religious suspicion much of the spirituality is washed out to make a movie more "accessible" to a wide audience. In doing this these documentaries miss the mark, and create a figure or event entirely unhistorical. The reality about C.S. Lewis is he was a Christian. Not only this, he was a Christian apologist, a man who spent a significant part of his life convincing others about Christianity.

That core reality is found in this documentary. Indeed, this movie may have been better titled, "In His Own Words", for having read the bulk of Lewis' writings I recognized significant parts. Think of this movie as a very uncluttered dramatization of Surprised by Joy, A Grief Observed, and a selection of his letters.

C.S. Lewis saw his own identity being defined by his faith. He was fascinating, he himself argued, precisely because of his Christianity. This movie, without holding back, gets right to the heart of Lewis' own self-understanding, and as such is a wonderful hour spent with a very intriguing and influential scholar, writer, theologian, and evangelist.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 28, 2006
I was entranced watching this short (just under 1 hour) film, which traces some of the major events in the life of Christian apologist and author C.S. Lewis. The story is told in flashbacks from the memory of an elderly Lewis, and the exquisite script is mostly culled from his writings. It makes one marvel at the beauty of the English language, and how descriptive it is. The scenes flow well, and though it is a mere sketch of a very complex and full life, one gets the sense of who Lewis was, how he lived, and the friends he knew, like J. R. R. Tolkien. He met Joy Davidman, an American mother of 2, in his later years, and this relationship brought Lewis love, as well as a crisis of faith, which is expressed with depth and sensitivity.

Anton Rodgers as Lewis, and Diane Venora as Joy give remarkable performances. There is an intimacy and realism to their portrayals that make the biography come alive, and stir our emotions. The direction by Norman Stone is excellent, and the production gives one the feel of what the first half of the 20th century in England was like. Co-produced by Faith and Values Media for the Hallmark Channel, and filmed in locations where Lewis worked and lived, "Beyond Narnia" is a gentle film that will be appreciated by anyone who admires his books, or those who enjoy literate scripts and good acting.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on September 8, 2006
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I teach Lewis' Space Trilogy and Narnia Chronicles in different college courses and have, in the past, shown _The Magic Never Ends_ as an introduction to Lewis' life and beliefs. _The Magic Never Ends_ is very good, but a bit long and in need of some editing. I do value its unflinching declaration of Lewis' beliefs and clear articulation of the gospel.

_Beyond Narnia_ is dramatized - narrated by an older Lewis and complemented with flashbacks. It is a wonderful overview of Lewis' life and struggles - entertaining and accessible, engaging and moving. It wraps you into his life and makes you care about his struggles and triumphs. At the same time it presents his faith clearly, though it doesn't discuss Christianity with as much force as _The Magic Never Ends_. I especially appreciate that, though _Beyond Narnia_ deals with Joy's death and Lewis' reaction as outlined in _A Grief Observed_ it, unlike _Shadowlands_, clearly shows that Lewis returned to his faith in God.

My class of adult degree-completion students absolutely loved this film, and I did too. It's a basic, clear depiction with great emotional impact that stays very true to who Lewis was and the life he lived.
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