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Re: [brights-295] Creation movie review from The Scientist

From: Rich H.
Sent on: Saturday, January 30, 2010 8:20 PM
I agree with you.  We can support it, and talk to the
producer/director about any
poor production decisions.  It seems like a natural choice for this
sort of movie,
though, much more human interest conflict than conflict between Darwin and
church people/other scientists.

rich

2010/1/29 Richard <[address removed]>:
> I took place in a screening and press conference of the movie several weeks
> back. It was pretty good but not as good as it could have been. Richard
> Dawkins?wasn't a fan of the movie and said they way overdid the turmoil
> between Darwin and his wife. I think the movie still needs to be supported.
> Richard
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM, Steven & Austen Platek <[address removed]>
> wrote:
>>
>> Yes ME TOO. As the organizer, trust that I am working very very hard to
>> make this happen.
>> The college has to CYA for legal reasons so we have messages out to the
>> production company in the US asking for permission.
>> Keep checking the facebook
>> (http://www.facebo...­) page for
>> updates. Also, if we get news we will try to send out a message to let
>> people know. The FB master of that page is Casey who is cc'ed here; he's
>> been doing a great job keeping things up to date as quickly as possible.
>> Either way, movie or no movie, our events should prove to be fun,
>> entertaining, and educational.
>> Also, the review is spot on WRT american belief, or not, in evolution and
>> understanding of science, generally. Unfortunately, the radical religious
>> (primarily christians) are without conscience misinforming their
>> congregations that evolution is just a theory. Dawkins elaborates this point
>> in the 1st 50 pages of the Greatest Show on Earth: you would never question
>> a historian about whether the Romans actually existed, would you? Of course
>> not there is evidence they existed. Records. Archives. Etc. Fortunately the
>> same holds for evolution: there is a record, written in every organisms DNA
>> code. There are archives, we call them fossils. There is more evidence for
>> the existence of evolution by natural selection being the way organisms
>> adapt and speciate than for just about any other scientific "theory" known
>> to man. It is time for some folks to wake up. If you haven't done so already
>> go to www.darwinday.org and sign the petition to get the president to
>> acknowledge D-day formally!
>> Cheers, happy weekending, and I promise to keep folks updated.
>> SP
>>
>> ------
>> Steven M. Platek, Ph.D.
>> Editor-in-Chief: Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience
>> (http://frontiersi...­)
>> Associate Editor: Evolutionary Psychology (www.epjournal.net)
>> Associate Editor: Personality and Individual Differences
>>
>> Email: [address removed]
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:07 PM, Rich Hammett <[address removed]>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I hope Georgia Gwinnett College gets to show us this movie, there
>>> seemed to be some doubt about that in the announcement for
>>> Darwin Day festivities.
>>>
>>> rich
>>> ====================­====================­=========
>>>
>>> By Sarah Greene
>>> Creation: The good, the bad, and the ugly
>>> A new movie about Charles Darwin's life and work struggles for
>>> distribution in the US, where many refuse to subscribe to the theory
>>> of evolution
>>> [Published 29th January[masked]:43 PM GMT]
>>>
>>> It's a given: we're diehard Charles Darwin fans. So how can we resist
>>> a film that projects his life onto the big screen -- his study filled
>>> with flasks and beakers, stuffed birds, fountain pens, giant beetles,
>>> and a locked treasure chest with the beginnings of On the Origin of
>>> Species?
>>>
>>> At center of the new movie, Creation, is a 50-year-old Darwin at his
>>> peak creativity, in 1859, the year Origin is published. The
>>> conspicuously beardless Darwin (Paul Bettany) is sickly, from his
>>> travels on the HMS Beagle, from the death of his beloved daughter
>>> Annie, and from the burden of disavowing God. As Darwin grapples with
>>> the implications of publicizing the full breadth of his research, the
>>> memory of his recently departed 10-year-old daughter haunts him,
>>> literally, with psychotic visions of her ghost.
>>> The emotion surrounding Annie's untimely death overwhelms the film,
>>> which is adapted from the biography Annie's Box, written by Darwin's
>>> great-great-grandson­ Randal Keynes. Compared to the insights into
>>> Darwin's work and philosophical reckonings in the movie, his struggle
>>> to come to grips with his daughter's passing is a sentimental
>>> distraction. Creation seems to suggest that Annie's death, which
>>> occurred the same year Darwin completed Origin, was the trigger that
>>> compelled his writing --- exposing the rift between religion and
>>> biology that smoldered between Darwin and his devout wife and cousin
>>> Emma (Jennifer Connelly, who is Paul Bettany's real-life wife).
>>> Hydrotherapy and psychoanalysis bring Darwin to confront his family
>>> issues, tender looks are exchanged, "relations" are resumed, and
>>> Darwin's writer's block is vanquished.
>>> While this may have been the case, I found vastly more compelling the
>>> scenes where renowned biologist Thomas Huxley and botanist Joseph
>>> Hooker -- part of the nine-member X-Club that met monthly and was
>>> united by a "devotion to science, pure and free, untrammeled by
>>> religious dogmas" -- visit the frail Darwin to persuade him to put to
>>> rest all notions of God and write his tome. After all, it was 22 years
>>> since he joined Robert FitzRoy on the voyage of HMS Beagle, and his
>>> procrastinations had permitted Wallace to scoop his natural selection
>>> theory in a mere 20 pages. Indeed, those of us who live our lives in
>>> science might surmise that the Wallace essay gave Darwin that age-old
>>> "publish or perish" anxiety and spurred the publication of his
>>> manuscript.
>>>
>>> Creation presents visual treasures and thought-provoking drama --
>>> including recreations of Darwin's garden and pigeon shed, and
>>> flashbacks of FitzRoy stealing Fuegian children in exchange for brass
>>> buttons in order to "civilize" them in the name of Her Majesty.
>>> Particularly moving was the sequence of Darwin bonding with Jenny -- a
>>> young orangutan captured in Borneo, now lonely in Queen Victoria's
>>> zoological garden -- and musing on the likeness of apes and humans.
>>> Yet this is overshadowed by an unattractive truth about who might get
>>> to see the film and experience such illuminating passages.
>>>
>>> The ugly news is that Creation had difficulty finding a US distributor
>>> and it remains uncertain whether it will be widely screened before
>>> American audiences. Not only does a recent Gallop poll reveal that
>>> only 39% of Americans believe in evolution (a "half-baked theory" that
>>> informed Adolph Hitler's genocide, according to the
>>> Christian-influenced­ Movieguide.com ), but apparently the majority of
>>> US moviegoers prefer flying dragon-vampires to historical drama.
>>> According to director Jon Amiel in a Wired.com interview, "The fact is
>>> that any independent movie that's A) about something, B) period and C)
>>> a drama, is likely to have a very hard time finding distribution these
>>> days."
>>>
>>> Did this sad commentary on American society not only limit
>>> distribution, but also inform the distracting, ghost-infused story
>>> line of Creation? Regardless of the film's few letdowns, it succeeds
>>> at portraying a smooth-faced Darwin in love with ideas and with life,
>>> grappling with a question (often with his actual words! eloquent!)
>>> that remains impossibly frightening to many, a century-and-a-half
>>> later. One can only pray (to whomever) that Creationists and their
>>> children have ample opportunity to see this movie and many more of its
>>> ilk, conveying the beauty and complexity of science and evolution.
>>>
>>> Creation is playing for a limited time in a handful of theatres in New
>>> York, Washington, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
>>>
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