The Man Behind the Mouse
With Disney's A Christmas Carol opening this week, we're reminded of the man behind the studio, a religious and praying man who oft included biblical themes in his films.
The Master of Darkness
Fritz Lang's divided faith—and mixed cinematic messages—kept audiences guessing till the very end.
A Happier Audience
Director Leo McCarey (An Affair to Remember, The Bells of St. Mary's) wanted his viewers to leave the theaters with a smile on their faces.
'I Try to Be a Christian'
Orson Welles had a Catholic upbringing and was involved in several projects based on the Bible, but he mostly identified with Shakespeare's Falstaff—a Christ figure 'decorated with vices.'
The Strong, Silent Type
D. W. Griffith's films—including many silent pictures—often reflected his Christian upbringing and belief in the social gospel.
Print the Legend
The great director John Ford's American pilgrimage included many films informed by his Catholic roots, even though he found biblical stories "pretty dull."
Finding God in Ordinary Life
The great filmmaker Robert Bresson sought to depict truth and goodness in a world where "things are going very badly."
'The Man Who Saw the Angel'
Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky opposed any intellectual interpretation of his films, but they were rife with spiritual imagery and signs of his faith.
Save the Wales
Veteran producer Ken Wales, who recently finished Amazing Grace, the William Wilberforce bio-pic, now turns to John Newton's story—and a Chariots of Fire sequel.
It's a Wonderful Filmography
From Mr. Deeds and Mr. Smith through George Bailey and his Wonderful Life, the films of director Frank Capra show goodness triumphant in a brutally fallen world—with faith as the key.
Looking for Something
The films of Krzyzstof Kieslowski are haunted by spiritual imagery, and yet the Polish director never really found grace—or got past "the God of the Old Testament... who ruthlessly demands obedience."
A Cranky Catholic
Born to a Catholic family and later attending a Jesuit school, Alfred Hitchcock often incorporated religious imagery into his films—even though he had a love-hate relationship with faith.
Angels, Cowboys, and Christians
From Wings of Desire to his most recent film, Don't Come Knocking, German director Wim Wenders takes viewers on spiritual journeys through differing perspectives.
From Ace to the Almighty
Director Tom Shadyac, a Christian best known for his mega-hit Bruce Almighty, has come a long way since Ace Ventura. Here, we take a look at Shadyac's faith and films.