December 4, 2013 / Filmwell
“As we contemplate the world converted into a huge machine and managed by engineers, we …
Jacques Tourneur’s last journey into the fantastique genre is saturated with dialogue that goes straight to the heart of his favourite and most fascinating questions, evoking Charles Williams and even C.S. Lewis. Problem is, the narrative deck is stacked from the outset, so there’s no room for the sort of ambiguity and psychological suspense that make Tourneur’s earlier supernatural thrillers so effective.
This essay reflects on CS Lewis’s CHRONICLES OF NARNIA in light of the Arthurian quest for the Grail to show how a recovery of “life as narrative” can provide direction, release, and integration in faith formation toward an articulation of our lives as things of beauty, what Keuss refers to as “the life poetic.”