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C.S.Lewis performed by actors

coracle
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Many of us have seen the 1990s film Shadowlands, starring Anthony Hopkins as Lewis.  Many of us have also seen stage productions, and some of us have enjoyed the original BBC Television play of the same name, which began them all [my personal favourite].

A number of actors have portrayed C.S.Lewis in different parts of his life, giving his lectures, telling his own life in monologues [eg The Most Reluctant Convert] and so on.

I noticed this on our local TV channel's website, and I plan to watch it soon; the few minutes I have looked at seem to be documentary as much as performance.

https://www.shinetv.co.nz/just-landed/videos/the-shortest-way-homecs-lewis-mere-christianity

I don't know if people elsewhere can access New Zealand TV online, but you could search for it elsewhere. 

If you have seen this, or other performances as Jack Lewis, how well and accurately did you think the actor portrayed him? Did it make you want to read or re-read the books? Did the ideas challenge or help you?  And do you have a favourite portrayal, either on stage or on film?

 

 

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Topic starter Posted : February 26, 2021 1:05 am
coracle
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It's also available to stream on Redeem TV.

 

https://watch.redeemtv.com/videos/c-s-lewis-onstage-the-most-reluctant-convert

This is the solo performance.  The new film is not being shown here yet.

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Topic starter Posted : November 6, 2021 3:30 am
Narnian78
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I haven’t seen The Most Reluctant Convert yet, but I will be watching it soon since I ordered the film on Blu-ray.  The movie looked so good I decided to own it, and now that may be the only way of seeing it.  Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins is quite a good film, although it is not as accurate to C. S. Lewis’ life as the older television film Through the Shadowlands from the 1980’s with Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. Anthony Hopkins was quite good at playing Lewis but the Shadowlands movie is too much like a Hollywood production. These films are all well worth watching in spite of their imperfections.

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Posted : May 14, 2022 7:36 am
Narnian78
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Having watched The Most Reluctant Convert I really like the film.  Max McLean’s acting is really great. I was glad that they found an actor that looks a lot like Lewis (at least a lot like the photographs of him). It does show Lewis’ skepticism very well, and the conversion was accurately portrayed.  It was well worth buying the film on Blu-ray.  I think it is about as good as the BBC’s Shadowlands, another great biographical film about Lewis’s life.

Here is another interesting video about C. S. Lewis’ life which is on YouTube:

It is well worth watching, and it is quite accurate to Lewis’ real life. I kind of wish it were longer though.  An hour doesn’t seem like enough time to cover the life of a great man. 

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