Bad Movie Logo
"A website to the detriment of good film"
Custom Search
HOMEB-MOVIE REVIEWSREADER REVIEWSFORUMINTERVIEWSUPDATESABOUT
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
July 30, 2014, 06:27:05 PM
530274 Posts in 40023 Topics by 4999 Members
Latest Member: Alvin simths
Badmovies.org Forum  |  Movies  |  Press Releases and Film News  |  Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' « previous next »
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'  (Read 1385 times)
Allhallowsday
B-Movie Kraken
*****

Karma: 1529
Posts: 10687


Either he's dead or my watch has stopped!


« on: September 14, 2009, 08:21:28 PM »

Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' 
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer. 

Creation, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin's "struggle between faith and reason" as he wrote On The Origin of Species. It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie. 

The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia. 

However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.

Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as "a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder". His "half-baked theory" directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to "atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering", the site stated.

The film has sparked fierce debate on US Christian websites, with a typical comment dismissing evolution as "a silly theory with a serious lack of evidence to support it despite over a century of trying"...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6173399/Charles-Darwin-film-too-controversial-for-religious-America.html
Logged

If you want to view paradise . . . simply look around and view it!
indianasmith
Archeologist, Theologian, Elder Scrolls Addict, and a
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema
****

Karma: 1378
Posts: 8015


A good bad movie is like popcorn for the soul!


« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 09:29:09 PM »

I would be interested in seeing the film.  Darwin was a fascinating character and one of the most influential men of all time, regardless of how one feels about his theories.

Some of my co-religionists do need to lighten up a bit. TeddyR
Logged

"Carpe diem!" - Seize the day!  "Carpe per diem!" - Seize the daily living allowance! "Carpe carp!" - Seize the fish!
"Carpe Ngo Diem!" - Seize the South Vietnamese Dictator!
meQal
Some Strange Guy They Let In By Mistake
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema
****

Karma: 145
Posts: 1265


Dude! Flush Next Time!!!


WWW
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 10:16:05 PM »

It sounds more like they are trying to hype the film than anything else. Sure distributors might claim it's cause the film is too controversial but odds are it's because they don't feel they can make a large enough profit off it. And why I feel it's mostly being said to hype the film is because seldom do many Brit films get a wide theater release in the US. Most run in limited engagements in larger cities like New York or LA. Smaller venues like the small town I live in almost never get any films beyond those released from the major studios here in the US. By claiming it's too contraversial for release in the Us helps build intrest in the film that makes people want to see it on DVD or pay-per-view.
Logged

Movie Trivia Fact : O.J. Simpson was considered for the title role in The Terminator, but producers feared he was \"too nice\" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.<br />Isn\'t hindsight great.<br />A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. - Agent Kay - Men in Black
Psycho Circus
B-Movie Kraken
*****

Karma: 1529
Posts: 12052


Shake The Faith


WWW
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 05:07:25 AM »

Some people just don't like the truth.
Logged

trekgeezer
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema
****

Karma: 0
Posts: 4969


We're all just victims of circumstance


« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 07:44:25 AM »

What's really funny about this is that Darwin's theories say nothing about the origin of life.  I personally think evolution is as evident as the nose on your face.
Logged




And you thought Trek isn't cool.
Mofo Rising
Global Moderator
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema
****

Karma: 433
Posts: 3122


My cat can eat a whole watermelon!


WWW
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 10:24:01 AM »

I'm inclined to agree with meQal on this one. Sounds like somebody is trying to drum up publicity. The quotes from the article up above do little to dispel the notion.

I'm certainly no fan of evolution deniers, but to say that this film will be "hugely divisive" and is "sparking fierce debates" is to over-inflate its importance. Quoting from "influential site" Movieguide.org is a poor case of cherry-picking an argument to create false controversy.
Logged

Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills. The people it kills, get up and kill.
Saucerman
Opinionated Blowhard Par Excellence
B-Movie Site Webmaster
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema
****

Karma: 192
Posts: 1246


Hypnotic, ain't it?


WWW
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 10:33:55 AM »

My standard response to ferocious anti-evolutionists: "So where do nipples on men fit into God's Plan?"

That being said, I look forward to seeing this film. 
Logged

akiratubo
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema
****

Karma: 412
Posts: 3325



« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 03:13:08 PM »

It isn't controversial, actually.  There aren't really that many anti-evolutionists, they are a very vocal minority.

This "too controversial" business is probably just to drum up interest in the movie.
Logged

Kneel before Dr. Hell, the ruler of this world!
Allhallowsday
B-Movie Kraken
*****

Karma: 1529
Posts: 10687


Either he's dead or my watch has stopped!


« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2009, 05:12:41 PM »

It isn't controversial, actually.  There aren't really that many anti-evolutionists, they are a very vocal minority.

This "too controversial" business is probably just to drum up interest in the movie.
Could be hype.  Yet, I wonder how many British films of CREATION's caliber fail to find an American distributor?   
Logged

If you want to view paradise . . . simply look around and view it!
Rev. Powell
Global Moderator
B-Movie Kraken
****

Karma: 1769
Posts: 14248


Click on that globe for 366 Weird Movies


WWW
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2009, 08:20:43 PM »

It isn't controversial, actually.  There aren't really that many anti-evolutionists, they are a very vocal minority.

This "too controversial" business is probably just to drum up interest in the movie.
Could be hype.  Yet, I wonder how many British films of CREATION's caliber fail to find an American distributor?   

Your asking how many intellectual documentaries about historical figures fail to find an American theatrical distrbutor?  All of them, I suspect.
Logged

"The best parts are watching Sly go through the full range of emotions: deadpan, deadpan with raised eyebrow, deadpan with quivering lip. There's also a great sequence where Sly drives his VW Beetle down the interstate for about 20 minutes, staring dramatically through the windshield.."-Joe Bob on A MAN CALLED RAMBO
Allhallowsday
B-Movie Kraken
*****

Karma: 1529
Posts: 10687


Either he's dead or my watch has stopped!


« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2009, 11:49:20 PM »

It isn't controversial, actually.  There aren't really that many anti-evolutionists, they are a very vocal minority.

This "too controversial" business is probably just to drum up interest in the movie.
Could be hype.  Yet, I wonder how many British films of CREATION's caliber fail to find an American distributor?   

Your asking how many intellectual documentaries about historical figures fail to find an American theatrical distrbutor?  All of them, I suspect.
It's not a documentary, but a drama starring JENNIFER CONNELLY based upon a fictional account of the DARWIN family. 
Logged

If you want to view paradise . . . simply look around and view it!
Pages: [1]
Badmovies.org Forum  |  Movies  |  Press Releases and Film News  |  Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' « previous next »
    Jump to:  


    RSS Feed Subscribe Subscribe by RSS
    Email Subscribe Subscribe by Email


    Popular Articles
    How To Find A Bad Movie

    The Champions of Justice

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Manos, The Hands of Fate

    Podcast: Todd the Convenience Store Clerk

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Dragonball: The Magic Begins

    Cool As Ice

    The Educational Archives: Driver's Ed

    Godzilla vs. Monster Zero

    Do you have a zombie plan?

    FROM THE BADMOVIES.ORG ARCHIVES
    ImageThe Giant Claw - Slime drop

    Earth is visited by a GIANT ANTIMATTER SPACE BUZZARD! Gawk at the amazingly bad bird puppet, or chuckle over the silly dialog. This is one of the greatest b-movies ever made.

    Lesson Learned:
    • Osmosis: os·mo·sis (oz-mo'sis, os-) n., 1. When a bird eats something.

    Subscribe to Badmovies.org and get updates by email:

    HOME B-Movie Reviews Reader Reviews Forum Interviews TV Shows Advertising Information Sideshows Links Contact

    Badmovies.org is owned and operated by Andrew Borntreger. All original content is © 1998 - 2014 by its respective author(s). Image, video, and audio files are used in accordance with the Fair Use Law, and are property of the film copyright holders. You may freely link to any page (.html or .php) on this website, but reproduction in any other form must be authorized by the copyright holder.