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For Greater Glory
For Greater Glory
DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film - dramatic and with lessons for today, September 25, 2012
This review is from: For Greater Glory (DVD)
I highly recommend the film "For Greater Glory", for those of us in Europe I believe it's still not released, so you may need to get a region 1 import for now.

The film depicts a period in Mexico that many over here will not be familiar with, but ought to be, because it was a time when the state waged war on the Catholic Church, and by extension, was waging war on all that wanted the freedom to practice their religion.

Many might wonder, the state waging war on the church in Mexico? Surely not. But it is a film based on reality. Thankfully for Mexico, the film describes how the ordinary man and woman in the street and the clergyman in the church alike, fought bravely for the freedom that was denied to them. A freedom we take for granted today, although one that's under threat.

Reading some of the hollywood/media reviews, you might be deterred from watching this film. Ignore them. All they're interested in is trashy nonesense, lowest common denominator stuff, or failing that any "intelligent" movies must be biased towards secular views. This is a challenging film because it challenges you to think about freedom and the price that occasionally must be paid for it, so in that sense it's enjoyable whether you are religious or not.

The main hero of the piece is General Gorostieta who in the beginning was an atheist, but could see the danger for Mexico under a despostic regime that couldn't tolerate freedom.

This is a film about church and state - faith, freedom, war, morality and love. It's not without violence, but the violence is part of the historical account it represents. It's an intelligent film and while isn't a complete account (no film could be) presents the Cristero War and the motives behind it. It is also a passionate film - we really get to understand the Cristeros, there are many scenes that are very dramatic and moving including the martyrdom of Jose Sanchez del Rio in particular.

You will be moved by this film, and entertained. You might also pause to think about its message.
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