The Man Behind the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

There's only one week left before the new version of the Chronicles of Naria makes its way to theaters. Those interested in learning a bit more about the man behind the stories might be interested in The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. Based on a Harvard course taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, this PBS production examines the respective beliefs of Freud and Lewis through dramatized scenes from their lives and a roundtable discussion with Nicholi and several other so-called experts. The roundtable discussion can be frustrating at times (too many voices, not enough time, not enough coherency), but the series is still informative and thought-provoking.

Other DVDs of interest include Shadowlands, the original BBC production about Lewis' spiritual crisis when his wife died from cancer, and the original BBC production of the Chronicles of Narnia.


I saw an article in the weeks leading up to the opening of the movie that said C. S. Lewis was absolutely opposed (when he was alive) to a live action version of the story with a "pantomime" Aslan. It interested me that the article equated the current CGI version of Aslan with live action; CGI is, to my mind, animation.

Of course, what Lewis was specifically objecting to was a BBC prodution of the story -- and as much as I love BBC shows, on their typical 1960s special effects budget you would (as my husband pointed out) have been able to see the tennis shoes of the actor in the lion suit. "I've got twenty pounds -- let's make a television program" worked well enough for Blackadder or Hitchhiker's, but Narnia? Maybe not so much ...