Skip to comments.Revenge of the White Witch: Narnia Star Re-Interprets Lewis' Books as 'Anti-Religious'
Posted on 05/08/2006 4:58:10 PM PDT by wagglebee
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On the heels of the actor who played the Wizard Gandalf in Lord of the Rings advocating for homosexual marriage (see coverage: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/may/06050409.html), the actress who played the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia has suggested that C.S. Lewis' famous book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is "anti-religious."
Speaking at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival which concluded last week, Tilda Swinton, the Scottish actress who played the white witch described herself as a "red witch" alluding to her membership in the British Communist Party.
Joking about the state of religion in the United States she said, "Last year, in the process of promoting two fantasy films for different Hollywood studios, I was advised on the proper protocol for talking about religion in America today. In brief, the directive was, hold your hands high where all can see them, step away from the vehicle and enunciate clearly, nothing to declare."
Mixing commentary on politics and religion Swinton spoke of her character of the white witch saying, "At least we made her whiter than white, the ultimate white supremacist, and we managed to railroad the knee-jerk attempt to make her look like an Arab."
In a recent interview with Netribution in the UK, Swinton suggested that the Narnia books, while admittedly spiritual, are actually "anti-religious". She said: "I would go so far as to say that not only is this not a religious book, but, if anything, it's actually an anti-religious book in the sense that it is about the very opposite of following a dogma, following a doctrine. It's about being resourceful and self-sufficient and following your own conscience and your own star, which is a very private issue and not anything to do with any set down religion."
Swinton, who worked closely with homosexual film-maker Derek Jarman, and confirming criticisms from faithful C.S. Lewis fans about the film, also noted a subtle departure from the Lewis book in the film, stressing that religion is open to interpretation. "When Aslan is resurrected - you know, according to the resurrection myth in most standard religious belief systems - when the children ask him what's going on, originally there was the idea that there was a deeper magic that even the witch didn't understand," she said. "But in fact in our film his answer is that had she interpreted the deep magic differently . . . The idea of interpretation is right there in the heart of the film and belief is in the eye of the beholder, and people can slap on it whatever they want."
Swinton's concept of evil may be expressed as constancy of faith by others. "I suppose what I think of as evil is sort of anti-human impulses in humans, and doubtlessness is a thing that I think is really problematic, and very much in vogue these days politically," Swinton told Netribution. "The politically doubtless seem to be being bigged-up and I think that it is anti-humane. So that feels the closest thing that I can think of to a concept of evil. The lack of the capacity to be compassionate, I think."
Steven D. Greydanus, in his review of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on the Decent Films website, criticized the "many liberties" taken by the producers with the original book themes. He was especially harsh about the film version's undermining of the power of Aslan and elevation of the status of the Witch which contradicted Lewis's most important messages in the book.
Greydanus wrote, "Perhaps the single gravest change to the story is one that greatly empowers the Witch at Aslans expense. It is simply the eradication of the whole motif of the Witchs overt fear of Aslan. This is absolutely crucial to the books emphasis on the utter lack of parity between the omnipotent Aslan and the powerful but limited Witch. The whole vision of good and evil at work in the story turns on the fact that the Witch is never even close to being a rival or threat to Aslan, any more than Lucifer to Christ himself."
The Christian film critic further explains that "The filmmakers, perhaps motivated by a misguided dramatic notion of needing the villain to be a credible threat to the hero, eliminate practically every indication of the Witchs fear of Aslan from the story in the process jettisoning much of the point Lewis was making about the nature and relationship of good and evil."
See the Netribution interview:
See Greydanus's full review of the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
To say that the Narnia books are anything other than Christian is absurd.
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This is ignorant. What informs the conscience, dearie? Whim? Emotion? Passion? Or dogma?
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Another looney leftie liberal!
I can see how the secularists would miss the Christian symbolism in "The Lord of the Rings" books, but not Narnia.
The review quoted is off base. I had some problems with the movie (mainly that the extra dialogue that was added clashed in diction with the dialogue Lewis wrote, and there were some unnecessary scenes with the wolves which muddles the story a bit), but Swinton portrayed the Witch's fear of Aslan quite credibly (you could tell the witch was putting up a brave front but was really afraid).
Sheesh! Another Hollywood actor that doesn't get it. She did a fine job of playing the role, but doesn't have a clue about the story.
In all seven books, the message is clear, follow your own conscience and your own "star" and get in a heap of trouble. Aslan bailed those kids out at every turn.
I really don't have a problem with actors disagreeing with their role, or being idiots, as long as they do their job to act.
But, Tilda is clueless.
Um. Stoo-pid. Just... how do you get that interpretation anyway?
Edmund followed his own star and it nearly got him killed.
If they ever make a (faithful) movie adaptation of The Silver Chair, I think this lady would be perfect to play the Green Witch...
Don't you know? The Party decides such things for its members:
. . . Tilda Swinton, the Scottish actress who played the white witch described herself as a "red witch" alluding to her membership in the British Communist Party.
Swinton is simply pandering to her "kind."
Saith this member of the famously doubting, tolerant and pro-human communist party.
Hey actors, shut up and act!
I remember a sermon preached at Asbury Seminary once by maybe Harold Burgess.
In it he likened Eustace's dragon skin in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" to the sin nature that still befuddles Christians. He preached that Lewis had intentionally spoken of the need for sanctification within the Christian.
Eustace only found relief from his "skin" when Aslan personally tore it off with his claws.
I think something similar is taking place in the transformation of Edmund in the Lion,Witch,Wardrobe.
Edmund had to be humbled. As Corin points out, following one's own lead only results in disaster.
Who shall deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through my Lord Jesus Christ.
A pity. She did a great job with her role, but carried away exactly nothing from it.
That's what Corin said:
In all seven books, the message is clear, follow your own conscience and your own "star" and get in a heap of trouble.
Judas Iscariot spent several years with our Lord and look how that turned out.
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