The Church meets pop culture for this podcast series of Advent reflections. Fr Peter Malone MSC relates 28 movies to the Gospel.
Following an Advent Calendar theme, one MP3 review is uploaded for each day of Advent.
On the Waterfront (1954)
"People had been discussing presentations of priests on screen. Sombody said one of their favourites was Karl Malden in On the Waterfront . It seemed to me that he was doing the John the Baptist/Elijah thing, especially in the sermon he gave to those working on the wharfs - running the risk of some kind of persecution from the powers that be. But he spoke so forcefully about God's presence amongst those men in their ordinary work and likened their suffering to the Passion of Jesus. I think it's one of the most moving sermons on screen."
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Fr Peter's review
On the Waterfront - Review 45.00 kB
Background on the film can be found at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) .
Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including Films and Values, Movie Christs and Antichrists, Cinema Down Under and the excellent Lights, Camera, Faith (Movie Lectionary) series.