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"For Greater Glory": any reviews??

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By nc_coleman - Posted on 06 June 2012

I have not had a chance to see this film yet, as I was out of town (in a rather rural area of MA).
Has anyone seen this film since it's June 1st opening? If so, can you provide a review?

Thanks.

Natalie Coleman

Kathy Gutierrez

I saw this movie as a sneak preview about a year ago. It was an amazing movie at that time. We got to give our comments and have a discussion with the producers at the end of the movie. I told them that I felt it was an important movie because it was about a little know time in the history of Mexico. I asked quite a few people in my family about the Cristeros and no one, except the elderly generation on my husband's side of the family who actually fled Mexico at that time, knew about it. I have been encouraging everyone I know to go see it! I am going to try to go and take my husband this weekend to see the movie. Let us know what you think about it when you see it!

Kathy Gutierrez

I saw this movie as a sneak preview about a year ago. It was an amazing movie at that time. We got to give our comments and have a discussion with the producers at the end of the movie. I told them that I felt it was an important movie because it was about a little know time in the history of Mexico. I asked quite a few people in my family about the Cristeros and no one, except the elderly generation on my husband's side of the family who actually fled Mexico at that time, knew about it. I have been encouraging everyone I know to go see it! I am going to try to go and take my husband this weekend to see the movie. Let us know what you think about it when you see it!

I saw this movie yesterday, and I cried all the way through at the atrocities, the bravery of one only 12 and one over 80 that chose to die rather than go against their beliefs while cowards capitulated to save their own skins. Not being a devout Catholic, I was still outraged that such a thing as hanging Christians and priests and banning mass happened not so long ago, though I was not yet born. I don't care for any orgaized religion, but I care very much about justice and freedom to worship as one pleases as long as no one forces those beliefs on others.

I am against theocracies, but hangings and executions of innocent people and robbing them of freedom is no way to guard against them. Calles had his reasons in his mind since he had helped to overthrow a despotic regime and blamed the Catholic church for injustices, but he turned into as bad if not worse a dictator than his predecesor.

I think the movie was well done, not so "Hollywoodized" as I thought it would be. My husband also gave me a book called "The Power and the Glory" a fictionalized account of the Cristero wars by Gaham Greene written in 1940. That book became a movie titled "The Fugitive" starring Henry Fonda in 1947. There have been several movies and many books written about that unfortunate episode in Mexico.

We saw the movie with a younger couple of Mexican ancestry who had never heard of that episode in Mexican history. The wife did say that her father's sister, a nun visiting Los Angeles from Mexico, said she had heard of the atrocities from her elders. One of this nun's brothers is also a priest.

I also have been scouring the internet for the photos and histories of the actual people portrayed in the movie, and also about what the world was thinking during this time. Rome seemed to turn a blind eye, and the KuKluxKlan here in the US gave Presidente Calles monetary support, the KKK having used the same methods against Catholics, Jews and blacks. The US government seemed more concerned about their interests there in oil and railroads, etc. and did not want to antagonize the Calles government.

Emilie
Port Orchard, WA

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> To: announce@lists.nuestrosranchos.com
> From: kathy_gutierrez@sbcglobal.net
> Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 19:53:13 -0700
> Subject: [Nuestros Ranchos] For Greater Glory - Review
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> Kathy Gutierrez
>
> I saw this movie as a sneak preview about a year ago. It was an amazing movie at that time. We got to give our comments and have a discussion with the producers at the end of the movie. I told them that I felt it was an important movie because it was about a little know time in the history of Mexico. I asked quite a few people in my family about the Cristeros and no one, except the elderly generation on my husband's side of the family who actually fled Mexico at that time, knew about it. I have been encouraging everyone I know to go see it! I am going to try to go and take my husband this weekend to see the movie. Let us know what you think about it when you see it!
>

My family and I saw this today and found it to be a wonderful and historically accurate film in terms of clothing and mannerism. In Mexico, families who lived in the areas, especially around jalisco, where the Cristeros were most active, still have horrible stories. In Ejutla there is a statue of the Father Rosales who was hung from a mango tree and later Beautified.

Unfortunately some who claimed to be with the Cristero movement were nothing more than bandits. Some people recall as children hiding for days in nearby caves after their homes were ransacked and their parents murdered in front of them.

If you go; be sure to stay after the actual movie is over to see the old photos and
read about the outcome of each person portrayed in the film.

Deedra Corona

I recently found out that my great-grandfather's brother was a priest in Zacatecas during this horrible time, so it was very hard to sit through this movie. I am thankful that they made a movie about this subject matter, so these stories are not forgotten.

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