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Sophie Scholl – A Young Christian Faithful unto Death

 

Still clearing materials off an old blog and here’s a powerful movie I watched several years ago.

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days is a remarkable film about a courageous young Christian in Hitler’s Germany. She actively and publicly opposed the Nazi war machine. In 1943, she, along with two other members of the White Rose resistance group, were arrested by the Gestapo, tried, and beheaded. Sophie was 21.

This movie (in German with English subtitles) is a testimony to Christian faith, humble prayer, physical and moral courage, and family devotion.

The film’s director is an atheist. Nevertheless, it is one of the finest Christian films I’ve seen, a tribute to the work of movie makers who are faithful to a compelling story and tell it well.

The Battle of Stalingrad is mentioned several times in the movie, and it would be helpful to refresh your memory about this pivotal battle before viewing.

“Taking Chance” – A Story of Valor, Sacrifice, and Honor

Before I close down an old blog, I wanted to move over a few movie recommendations.

HBO’s Taking Chance is the story of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobel (Kevin Bacon) who escorts the remains of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps, killed in Iraq, from Dover AFB to their final resting place in Dubois, Wyoming.

There’s not a wasted moment in the film. Gracefully and poignantly, the story unfolds: a Marine’s ultimate sacrifice, the enduring devotion of his comrades in uniform, and the expressions of honor and respect shown a fallen hero by ordinary citizens as his body is escorted home.

The Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote: “It was impossible to imagine, beforehand, all the ways a film like Taking Chance . . . could work its power. There are no conflicts, no warring sides, no mysteries of character — the usual stuff of drama. The story’s outcome is clear from the beginning. Yet it’s no less clear that Taking Chance is not only high drama, but a kind that is, in the most literal way, breathtaking — watching parts of it can make breathing an effort, and those parts come at every turn. It’s no less obvious that this film, about a Marine killed in combat, could have gone wrong in all sorts of ways and did so in none of them. There is in this work, at once so crushing and exhilarating, not a false note.”