Here is a Baker's Dozen of movies about spirituality. Some may not be overtly religious, even satirical. But each gives us something to think about in the spiritual sphere.
1. La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) / Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928) Silent. Based on the actual trial transcripts. One of the greatest movie performances. Maria Falconetti (her only movie appearance). 82 minutes.
2. The Song Of Bernadette / Henry King (1943). Oscar winner: Best Actress. 156 minutes.
3. The Razor’s Edge / Edmund Goulding (1946). From the Somerset Maugham novel about a young man’s search for meaning after World War I. Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb. 145 minutes.
4. Ikiru / Akira Kurosawa (1952). In Japanese. One of the greatest humanist/Buddhist films. My #1 best film of the decade of the 1950s. 143 minutes.
5. Nattvardsgästerma (Winter Light) / Ingmar Bergman (1962). In Swedish. The second (also the shortest and most accessible) of the famous director’s “Faith” trilogy. 81 minutes. 6. Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) / Pier Paolo Pasolini (1964). In Italian. Pasolini, a Communist and an atheist, made a film completely faithful in dialog and incident to his source – making both his friends and the state church mad at him. My #3 best film of the decade of the 1960s. 137 minutes.
7. Au Hasard Balthazar / Robert Bresson (1966). In French. The life story of a donkey. One of moviedom's greatest endings. 95 minutes.
8. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy / Douglas Adams (1981). The BBC miniseries is the only way to watch this comic exploration of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Six 30-minute episodes.
9. Babettes Gaestbud (Babette’s Feast) / Gabriel Axel (1987). In Danish. Superficially a “Christian” story but a spiritual experience for all faiths (or lack thereof). My Best Film of the decade of the 1980s. 102 minutes.
10. Kundun / Martin Scorsese (1997). Scorsese directs against type for this meditative story of the early years of the current Dalai Lama. Great score by Philip Glass. 134 minutes.
11. The Straight Story / David Lynch (1999). That David Lynch, a maker of weird movies, directed this gentle film of penance and reconciliation is what is weird. My #2 film of the decade of the 1990s. 112 minutes.
12. Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) / Jean-Pierre Melville (1962). In French. The story of a young priest in a French village occupied by Germans during WWII. 117 minutes.
13. Mlyn I Krzyz (The Mill And The Cross) / Lech Majewski (2011). A beautiful and mysterious film about the creation of the 1564 painting, The Procession To The Cross, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The action takes place within the painting. 92 minutes.
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