Every single statement in the film in favor of the free market — of the aspirations of the Salvadoran people to North American living standards, of the role of the entrepreneur as a producer who brings capital into the country for its overall benefit — is articulated by the most sinister, cynical, and bloodthirsty characters in the film. The is delivered in an electronic format, designed in full color, and is suitable for printing. The conflict between the rich and the poor of the country has existed for more than a century. The story seems to rip by at a pace that assumes the viewer could lose interest at any moment. Please contact Mike Amodei at mamodei nd. In retrospect, it seems that the government made the wrong decision and tried to cover it up to avoid embarrassment. August 25, 1989, Page 00015 The New York Times Archives ''Romero'' is an earnest, straightforward reconstruction of the life, political education and assassination of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the liberal Archbishop of San Salvador, as he was celebrating Mass in 1980.
But the struggle for peace and freedom, justice and dignity goes on. As a result, the film doesn't stir many passions, and it seems more sorrowing than angry. It's not my idea of The Best Movies Ever Made that would be a different list, though there's some overlap here , or limited to my personal favorites or my estimation of the most important or influential films. Evaluate these visions according to the doctrine of the Church you're learning. John and Roy Boulting, David Lean, Laurence Olivier, and Carol Reed were just a few of the notables whose directorial prowess had struck the scene. How does worship do the work of Christ in the world? Romero, indeed, was the perfect fit.
Archbishop Romero and the people of Aguilares showed great courage in taking back their sanctuary at the risk of being fired upon. Bishop Romero was not among those voices until his dear friend, Father Rutilio Grande, was assassinated for his radical views and activities. March 11, 2015 An interview with the legendary Thelma Schoonmaker. It seems as if, in the film, Romero can do no wrong. What nonviolent means can be used to liberate the poor? Romero touches on many issues but does not cover many of them in depth. I was also stunned to learn how he died for his Faith.
In fact, it is the only reason he ever has in the movie for doing anything. He would like to consider the government honest, but he is lied to. Motivated by a desire to spread the word about their hero, a group of Paulist Priests, headed by John Sacret Young, pulled together the funding and drew up the screenplay for Romero. In the scheme of the film, the audience can accept the character because there already exists a basis for his behavior; he simply acts upon the template laid out by the Bible. Understandably, El Salvador is totally polarized and radicalized over the prospect.
But things change once newly appointed Arch-Bishop. How has viewing the film affected your faith? Effectively, it would confiscate land from the rich and give it to the poor. It is a story told every day in Latin America. Christianity gives his character a reason for acting the way he does. The radicalization of Romero is shown in terms of his responses to a series of personal experiences.
During the times of the makings of both movies America was in the middle of the second red scare and the Cold War. In fact, the rebellion comprised the vast majority of the Salvadoran population, only a handful of whom were communists or Marxists. The film's manner is that of a textbook. The movie shows the world through the eyes of the El Salvadorian people during the 1980's, when poverty and military rule flourished over the people. The Vatican elevates conservative yet reserved Raul Julia to the position of , hoping that with he will not get involved in the military dispute. In the late 1880s, coffee became a major cash crop for El Salvador.
The task of telling the entire truth, in this case, comes shackled with a boatload of uncertainties concerning the actual facts of history. What relationships between Church and world are portrayed throughout this movie? Our own government has a simple way of denying the public factual evidence by classifying documents or exposing only the part of the truth that will justify its position. How can the Church have a social agenda without it turning into simply the agenda of political liberals or conservatives? As the presence of guerillas existed, the military reinstated the death squads in order to combat the rebel forces. These are extremely isolated, ultra-privileged people who would prefer to feel guilty about their privilege than grateful, because guilt intensifies their drama and their suffering and their sense of their own significance. How can it live out this mission? After releasing his friend, Father Osuna, from the prison where he was tortured, Romero goes to visit President-Elect General Carlos Humberto Romero to discuss the repression of the church. His conscience eventually requires him to speak out against a government that is denying basic human freedoms to its citizens. To this end, moviemakers feel the need to take liberties with plot, characterizations, and to create a product that will sell.
Unfortunately for Romero, the story was one that many Americans were unaware of. In addition, Ave Maria Press will offer a free 38-page Study Guide to accompany the film. Then, on March 24, 1980, in a small hospital chapel, Romero is murdered while saying Mass. Romero soon learns how challenging his position is when he discovers dead bodies in the town square of people who were simply participating in Holy Mass. Though there's been no rule about how much time should pass between a film's initial release and its eligibility the Library of Congress's National Film Registry requires that selections be at least ten years old , most of the selections ten to have stood the test of time for at least a decade or two. When the Junta made promises to improve living standards in the country but failed to do so, discontent with the government provoked the five main guerrilla groups country to unite in the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. Is there a happy ending? When studying this film one has to ask why it was made in the first place.
The New York Times Company. The highlights alone, if run in alphabetical order, would take up all my space. How would this story be different if El Salvador were Protestant? These shortcomings are not surprising for a movie made in Hollywood by a religious group about one of its own heroes who took sides against the U. Our involvement, on what is now generally held to have been on the wrong side, was a source of embarrassment for our government and efforts were made to conceal the extent of our aid to the Salvadoran military by classifying documents. At first archbishop Romero does not believe on how the military abuses the people, but after his friend father Rutilio Grande got assassinated, Romero began to have second thoughts and tried to defend and help lessen, if not stop the sufferings of the people under the military junta that is happening tin their country. Raul Julia and Richard Jordan. Romero's new vision, while an improvement, is still out of touch.
The film's manner is that of a textbook. Whether in the interest of diplomacy or brevity, Romero fails to address the issues that Americans may have taken more interest in. How does the Church embody and further that overcoming work in El Salvador? Student handouts with writing space to jot responses to particular questions are included. The movie chronicles the amazing transformation of an apolitical, complacent priest into a committed leader who starts a revolution without guns, without an army, without fear — Oscar Romero fought with the only weapon he had: the truth. His killer, never apprehended, is believed to have been a member of a military right-wing death squad. His conversion into a critic of the government is seen almost entirely in theological, not political terms; he takes his stands not because he is a leftist but because he is a Christian.