Film's Christian theme? (letter)by Don GallagherNews Weekly
, August 4, 2007
As a movie-goer of limited experience (I have seen only one movie in the last five years), I am perhaps not qualified to comment on As It Is In Heaven
, reviewed by Len Phillips, who rated the film as "anti-religious" (News Weekly
, July 7, 2007).
However, I saw this film in the company of two friends; and we all agreed that, as it appeared to be based on the life of Christ, it was far from being "anti-religious".
The world-famous conductor Daniel Daréus was the Christ-like figure "who came to his own and his own received him not". He gathered around him his apostles, represented by the church choir whose brusque, belligerent spokesman represented St Peter.
The hypocritical church pastor stood for the Pharisees. After the death of Daréus, the final beautiful scene where the faithful gathered together singing "in tongues", surely represented the coming of the Holy Spirit.
There are further parallels your readers might like to search for, e.g., Mary Magdalene and Judas.Don Gallagher,