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The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud with Dr. Armand Nicholi

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  • Actors: Jan Bartos, Artina Bartosova, Miroslava Bartova, Ian Bellman, Václav Benedikt
  • Directors: Catherine Tatge
  • Writers: Leslie Clark
  • Producers: Catherine Tatge, AnneMarie Naughton, Artemio Benki, Dominique Lasseur, Fay Sutherland
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Release Date: March 8 2005
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B00078XGQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,652 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? Is there a God? How do we reconcile conflicting claims of love and sexuality? How do we cope with the problem of suffering and the inevitability of death? This series addresses these issues, which preoccupy all thinking people today. The series will frame these issues in the eventful lives of two men who held diametrically opposed world views: Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. Indexed version.

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I liked how the biographical section and the conversation panel where intertwined together. Very high production value overall.
Other than that, I would only wish the converstaion among the speakers was available in full on a separate part of the dvd.
Pretty happy with this video. The disscusion between theists and non-theists is something I dont find enough of, so this video is quite valuable.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e7b7a4) out of 5 stars Beautiful, sad... yet most importantly: thought-provoking Nov. 18 2004
By Samuel Stephen Ross - Published on
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This PBS presentation beautifully lays out contrasting views (theism/atheism)... yet somehow never comes off as advocating either one; letting the viewer decide. As much as I love Freud and also warm up to such deep-thinkers as C.S. Lewis... it was the periodic "roundtable" discussion sessions moderated by Dr. Armand Nicholi that blew me away. I found myself pausing this DVD over and over again as I wrote down my own thoughts and, yes, my own spontaneous revelations. It's that sort of program. It makes you want to grab a notebook and a pencil.

I won't tell you which way I lean (Freud? Lewis?)... but I will say BUY THIS! SEE IT! It is quite possibly one of the only sources giving equal time to both sides of this age-old issue. If nothing else, you'll be fascinated at the eruption of thoughts/realizations that you-the viewer will most-certainly experience.
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa108f9e4) out of 5 stars Seriously considering buying this... Sept. 23 2004
By WolfPup - Published on
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I watched this on PBS the past two weeks. It's 4 hours total, and shows the personal history of these two men (complete with some well done reenactment) and how they came to their beliefs interspersed with a panel of people with different beliefs (believers and nonbelievers) talking about a lot of the basic issues with religion and Christianity. The panel includes a Dr. from Harvard, the editor of Skeptic magazine, and some other really interesting people.

As is to be expected (hey, it's PBS :) The Question of God is very well done. Extremely fascinating, and it makes you think. I was so impressed by it that I'm seriously considering buying it. I'm also going to read C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa108f648) out of 5 stars A balanced presentation that either side will enjoy. Jan. 15 2006
By Michael Huskey - Published on
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I expected this video to lean noticeably to either a pro evolution or pro theistic viewpoint. The editors have done an excellent job at presenting both sides fairly. It was very helpful to see the story of Freud and Lewis' childhood and early adulthood. This is an important video for anyone interested in the current debate.

I was especially pleased with the roundtable discussions of a focus group. It is a delight to see unscripted opinions being expressed in a non confrontative format. The panel is also well balanced, with no shills on either side. This has become my favorite Nova presentation and I highly recommend it to just about anyone interested in a well rounded education.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa108f6d8) out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative Sept. 10 2005
By Christian625 - Published on
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I have watched this DVD for the past week now. It's a great, in depth look at two powerful, twenith-century thinkers. I also find myself returning to it over and over. It has a great staying power and keeps the interest held high.

The DVD successfully intertwines both actors protraying Freud and Lewis and a roundtable discussion of the ideas behind the two men. I found both aspects of the DVD to be very well done. The actors did an amazing job playing Freud and Lewis and the discussions were well intentioned and provided some thought-provoking information.

That being said, I did have a hard time with some of the people participating in the discussion. For the most part, they were well informed and very well educated. Some though, simply did not have any sort of rationale or basis for their opinion/beliefs (either theistic or atheistic). Perhaps experts in this field would have suited the debate better and provided a more meaningful discussion. (i.e. Philosophers, theologans, professors, etc.)

Overall, an excellent DVD.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa108f9b4) out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching Sept. 25 2005
By The JuRK - Published on
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C.S. Lewis has always been a hero of mine--even before I knew anything about his personal life.

I'd read his books for years (in fact, I've read MERE CHRISTIANITY several times) but didn't know much about him until I saw the movie SHADOWLANDS with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in 1993. What an introduction! Since then, I've read several biographies, watched the British TV version of SHADOWLANDS, and even attended a stage version. I've actually started reading his Narnia books as well, looking forward to the big-budget Hollywood version heading to screens in Christmas of '05.

So I watched with much interest this PBS show that compared and contrasted the lives of Lewis and Sigmund Freud. The best parts for me were watching the recreations of their lives and intercutting their words into a dialogue or argument. I don't know as much about Freud but I think they did a great job of portraying Lewis and representing what his life and writings meant.

The only part that didn't really work was the roundtable discussions with the professor who taught this study as a class. A couple of people came off as rather shallow since they were trying to sound deep about something they didn't really believe in the first place. There were a few interesting moments, but it felt tedious to be cutting away from the biographical segments that were so much more interesting.

Still, definitely worth having and watching.