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The Lion, The Professor And The Movies: Narnia's Journey To The Big Screen 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0982776117
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Mark Joseph is a film and record producer, author, and publisher of Bullypulpit.com. He is a frequent commentator on politics, pop culture and religion at both the Huffington Post and Foxnews.com His previous books include Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll and The Rock & Roll Rebellion
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Bully! Pulpit Books; 1 edition (December 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098277611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982776117
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roger N. Overton on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
When a series as beloved as The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis becomes adapted for the big screen the process becomes a story unto itself. Media guru Mark Joseph seeks to tell this story in The Lion, The Professor, and the Movies: Narnia's Journey to the Big Screen. The book archives the process from its beginnings in obtaining rights and forming relationships between the necessary companies using published press releases and interviews.

The twelve chapters of the book cover Narnia's contemporary film journey through several perspectives including directing, writing, producing, marketing and financing. In the middle of the book is a thorough analysis of C.S. Lewis's theology, why evangelicals appreciate his work, and the role his theology plays in the Narnian tales.

Surprisingly, there are no interviews in the book, only quotes from published sources. Given the timed release with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I expected more coverage on Prince Caspian and The Dawn Treader, the breakup between Disney and Walden Media, and Fox's involvement with the series. However, the last two films only comprise the last 20 pages of the book.

Fans that have enjoyed seeing the series come to life on the silver screen will enjoy the comprehensive account offered by Mark Joseph in The Lion, The Professor, and the Movies. Those not thoroughly familiar with how films are made will be especially fascinated by the book, in addition to the dramatic narrative the Narnian journey to film has formed.
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This book is an engaging read for all Lewis and film fans. Joseph takes the reader on the journey of getting C.S. Lewis to the big screen. The book is also instructive for anyone thinking about marketing film to the faith-based community. The reader will also appreciate the courage of those who worked hard to keep to keep the spirit of Lewis' original intent in the film. I sure did.
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Mark Joseph's book gives a candid insider's view of the making of the Narnia movies. He tells about the competing ideas about the nature of the films, especially about the tension between being faithful to C. S. Lewis' stories and the pressure to "update" them. This tension also resulted in the second movie not being very appealing to the most likely audience, those who loved the Narnia books, and probably the demise of the series. It's a cautionary tale of how the interplay of various voices can ruin what seemed to have the promise of being an excellent series of film.
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