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The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis: The Magic Never Ends

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Narrated by Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley, this multi-award-winning program is the most complete portrait of the world-renowned author considered by many to be the greatest Christian writer of the 20th century. C. S. Lewis continues to bring magic into the lives of readers young and old with his classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. He is one of the most commercially successful authors. None of his 38 books have ever been out of print. Broadcast on public television, this illuminating program chronicles Lewis's remarkable life--his childhood in Northern Ireland and the devastating loss of his mother, the profound impact of World War I on his belief system, his acclaimed academic career at Britain's prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities, his storied friendship with Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, his transition from atheist to Christian, and his late-in-life love story with his wife, Joy. It features lively interviews with world-renowned Lewis scholars, family members, friends, as well as Oscar-nominated actress Debra Winger (Shadowlands).

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ben Kingsley, Debra Winger
  • Directors: Chip Duncan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GLLLFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By R. E. de Leon on November 27, 2009
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For those who want to learn more about the man behind the words, this is one of the two best CS Lewis biographical documentaries I've seen, and is the one easier to purchase (the other being the documentary they attached to the Extended Edition of the Disney film version of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe). It is also the less emotional in approach, which makes it better suited to someone who wants the basic facts about Lewis' life and wants to see a documentary that doesn't take an emotionally loaded approach. If you already have that documentary, don't hesitate to purchase this one, as it provides a different type of enjoyment. I feel entirely comfortable watching one after the other.
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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.
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This documentary is a good overview of C. S. Lewis's life. Most of the information is general and can be found in other sources, but there were some new bits. The look at Lewis's home was very interesting, too.
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This is nicely done and gives a good summary of CS Lewis personal development. I liked it and will re-visit it often.
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Interesting, but not exactly the quality of documentary that I would have supposed. All the persons interviewed were not identified nor their relationships to Lewis. I did appreciate the director's explanation of why there is so little visual documentation/photographs of Lewis.
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I recommend this to everyone :)I recommend this to everyone :) Blessed Christmas and graceful New Year to all of you :)
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This is a reasonable well-done short biography of CS Lewis, but with no significant new material.
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This a good video to find out about C.S. Lewis .
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