Skip to comments.Frodo Versus Robespierre
Posted on 05/25/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT by marshmallow
If a thing is worth doing at all, its worth doing badly.
This paradoxical witticism of Chesterton was on my mind as I sat down to watch The War of the Vendée, a new film about the forgotten martyrs of the French Revolution. I was pleased that a film had been made to honour the heroes of the Vendée but I feared that it would be a really bad film. Certainly everything seemed to suggest that it would be awful. It was made with a miniscule budget and a cast of dozens as opposed to thousands. How could a couple of dozen actors realistically depict a battle scene or the slaughter of thousands of Catholics by Robespierres terrorists? Worse still, the films director, Jim Morlino, had decided to use only child actors. Wasnt this a recipe for disaster? Oh well, I thought as I hit the play button, if a thing is worth doing at all, its worth doing badly
Fearing the worst, I found myself charmed by the film, and was moved to tears of sorrow for the fate of the martyrs of the Catholic Resistance but also to tears of laughter at the moments of comic relief.
As I watched the child actors playing husbands and wives, and even grandparents, I realized that you had to see the film through the eyes of a child in order to see it at all. This is emphatically not to suggest that the film is childish but that we adults have to become childlike in order to enter the kingdom of truth that the film presents to us. We have to suspend our disbelief, walking through the wardrobes of our imagination into a world where the eternal verities shine forth with innocence and wonder.
As I allowed my own........
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Ah, the Age of Reason aka The Reign of Terror. But the Crusades were bad./sarc
The issue is now quite clear. It is between light and darkness, and every one must choose his side.
How did the rest of the Corleone’s feel about Robespierre?
/just being silly.
I thought the film was great. I’ve watched it a couple of times, and there is merit, given current events, in watching with modern day in mind, too. Whether Robepierre was sophisticated or simple and plain about it, he was absolutely evil. No amount of haymaking conceals the acts committed during the French Revolution, nor his complicity. I look forward to the next Navis film.
And really, when did the idea that viewing evil as evil become something requiring childlike simplicity?