¡VIVA CRISTO REY!

Who wants to watch a big-budget historical drama about Catholics fighting for religious liberty against a government hell-bent on radical secularization? Then you’re in luck: For Greater Glory is a new movie based on the Cristero War between Catholics and the Mexican government in the 1920s—a war which gave us not a few Catholic martyrs.

I have NO IDEA if this movie is any good—as entertainment, as history, or as art. I have no idea if anyone will go see it. I don’t even know how many theaters it will show it. But the trailer is promising…

Also promising are some of the names attached to the project. For Greater Glory is the directorial debut of Dean Wright who has had quite a career in visual effects (see his IMDB bio, here). Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole, Bruce Greenwood and Eva Longoria headline a cast which also includes Eduardo Verástegui (best known as the lead in Bella). The score is done by James Horner, one of the industry’s best. (He did the music for Braveheart and a bunch of other big films with great music.)

Given the return to prominence of religious liberty in our national debate, the movie is timely. I’m actually encouraged by the fact that it began filming in the summer of 2010, long before the filmmakers could have had any idea that their film would be so topical. That should keep any ill-considered pontificating or overreaching allegory to a minimum.

No word yet on the film’s rating.

I’m going to a screening next Thursday and I’ll let everyone know what I thought of the movie then, presuming there’s no embargo.

[UPDATE: I'm told that the new, and presumably final, title of the film is The Greater Glory. I've changed the post to reflect that. The trailer obviously uses the older title, Cristiada.]

Stephen P. White is a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society.

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7 thoughts on “¡VIVA CRISTO REY!

  1. ThomasLent says:

    “Cristiada” will be the film’s title for Spanish speaking countries, “For Greater Glory” is the title for English release.

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  3. Antonio A. Badilla says:

    I’ve been hearing it is an excellent movie and I’ve been waiting for it for a long time. I do hope most people, Catholic and non- Catholic, will go and see it. I don’ know about the Cristeros as much as I should, but I do know Plutarco Elías Calles, the President of Mexico in 1926 openly persecuted the Church in a country which was then more than 90% Catholic and the persecution backfired on the man. Many innocent people died defending Christ and His Church. Many came to the United States to begin a new life because of the persecution. Pius XI ended the mess by declaring an interdict against Mexico and the people of Mexico put so much pressure on the government to end the persecution, the government had no choice but to stop the open persecution of the Church. Since then, the persecution has been quiet but the forces of anti-clericalism are still there and still fighting the Church which is getting ready to receive the Vicar of Christ at the end of this month.
    Blessed John Paul II visited Mexico 5 times.

  4. Marjorie says:

    Is the upcoming screening in the DC area?

  5. Marjorie says:

    Is the screening in the DC area?

  6. Rod says:

    Holy cow! This movie looks great! It definately looks to have potential. One of the scenes looks to be the execution of Fr. Francisco Vera.

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