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Generally good biography of CS Lewis
on October 8, 2010
This is a generally good biography of C.S. Lewis, probably the greatest Christian writer and apologist of the 20th century.
The DVD is very well made with excellent cinematography, enlightening interviews with family members and others, good musical scores and excellent narration by Ben Kingsley.
The DVD does a good job of tracing Lewis's life from the childhood loss of his mother and subsequent life in cruel boarding schools, his early academic achievements, his service in WWI, his conversion to Christianity with the assistance of fellow Oxford dons including JRR Tolkein as well as his relationship and marriage to Joy Davidman. The DVD shows Lewis as a brilliant writer and thinker who was always frank and honest about his early atheism, his conversion and subsequent faith in Christ.
Although the DVD is very well made and approaches the life of CS Lewis as a whole in a methodical fashion, I only gave this DVD 3 stars. The video, at one point, makes the spurrious suggestion that Lewis may have had an affair with Mrs. Moore, the mother of a fallen comrade who died in the trenches of WWI. Lewis had made a pact with "Paddy" Moore that if one did not survive combat, the other would take care of the family of the one who died. I felt it unseemly to make this suggestion for which there was absolutely no evidence whatsoever.
Although well made, I give it only three stars and would, instead, recommend "C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia" available here on Amazon in preference. It is a far superior video.