The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis: The Magic Never Ends
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Winner of MovieGuide Faith and Values Award, the Gabriel Award, and the Emmy Award. 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 thirty-eight books have ever been out of print. Broadcast on public television, this illuminating program chronicles Lewis' 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 and friends, as well as Oscar-nominated actress Debra Winger (Shadowlands). This DVD is sold in a collectible foil-embossed packaging design. Extra Features: Program Introduction; Tour of Kilns (Lewis' former home); Tour of the Cotswolds and Oxford University; Interview with writer/director Chip Duncan.
About the Actor
Ben Kingsley - Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to have roles in films and TV. His birth name was Krishna Bhanji, but he changed his name to Ben Kingsley soon after gaining fame as a stage actor, fearing that a foreign name could hamper his acting career. Kingsley first earned international fame for his performance in Gandhi. His performance as Mahatma Gandhi earned him international fame, winning many awards, including an Oscar for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and London Film Critics Circle Awards. After acting in Gandhi, Ben was recognized as one of the finest British actors. Kingsley appeared in many other famous movies. In 1993, his performance as Itzhak Stern in the movie, Schindlers List earned him a BAFTA nomination. Schindlers List won 7 Oscars, including Best Picture. During the late 1990s, Kingsley acted in many successful movies. He played Sweeney Todd in the 1998 TV movie, The Tale of Sweeney Todd. For his performance in this movie, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award. His other notable role was as Otto Frank in the TV movie Anne Frank: The Whole Story, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Debra Winger - Debra Lynn Winger (born May 16, 1955) is an American actress. She has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress: for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Shadowlands (1993). She won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for Terms of Endearment, and the Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress for A Dangerous Woman (1993). Her other film roles include Urban Cowboy (1980), Legal Eagles (1986), Black Widow (1987), Betrayed (1988), Forget Paris (1995), and Rachel Getting Married (2008). In 2012, she made her Broadway debut in the original production of the David Mamet play The Anarchist.See all Editorial Reviews
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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.