There and Back Again: A Savior’s TaleArt & Literature, Culture, Film, Media, Picturing the Word — By Picturing the Word on May 5, 2010 at 1:00 am
Welcome to Podcast 11!
Our curriculum this week was aptly themed “A Strange Visitor.”
Wall•E (Andrew Stanton, Pixar, 2008)
Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964)
The Terminal (Steven Spielberg, 2004)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
“Doctor Who” (Human Nature / The Family of Blood 3.08–09)
Superman: Peace on Earth
This was an unusual week for us—almost everything we watched was a stand-alone film, unrelated (at least in character and story) to the rest of our curriculum. Even so, I immensely enjoyed the films we viewed this week, and have come away with a deeper respect for Mary Poppins than I ever thought I could have.
We begin the podcast by discussing who the strange visitor is—what his or her role is in the story. This leads us to think about the supporting character of Mr. Banks and his role in relation to Mary Poppins. Finally, we begin to discuss distinction between a hero and a savior.
As always, we would love your comments and questions. Comment below or email John and I at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Happy listening! ‘