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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Chant and Becoming a Community

I heard a smidge of an NPR piece on a movie (new? old?), that I would very much like to see, Of Gods and Men.
The actor being interviewed was unfamiliar to me, (apparently famous as part of some big-budget, 'splosion franchise,) but he talked about how the actors "became" the seven (heroic,) French Trappists they were called upon to play.

Hmm... monks work, they read, they eat, but we all do that, what do they do that makes them different?
And what they came up with was, "Monks chant."

And so, they chanted.
And by singing the chant, by singing together, (which, whether the actors knew it or not, whether they intended it or not, as long as they did not deliberately intend not to do so, was praying together,) they became a community.

Of Gods and Men

What a shame such a powerful tool is wasted in parishes across the country, no, around the world...

Anyone seen this?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I saw it. If it was the character you have pictured, I found his performance to be my most favoured of all the wonderful performances in the film.
The use of silence in the film spoke more to me than anything else. In that room to breathe was the voice of our Beloved.
It was a brave and magnificent step not to score the movie.
The film is not for everyone, it requires patience, it is a slow moving piece, a meditation. I can only imagine that most movie goers nowadays wouldn't find the peace to their taste.
I would highly recommend this film to all. My one reservation would be to young souls who would find one scene in particular, a murder, too graphically disturbing.