Ed Brenegar watched Fellini’s La Dolce Vita last night. Marcello Mastroianni plays the lead in the movie, Marcello Rubini, a journalist for a gossip magazine. Ed comments:
Marcello strikes me like many people I encounter in the church. We want it all. We want tradition. We want to be contemporary, modern, postmodern, progressive, evangelical, conservative, liberal preaching, worship, outreach, evangelism and discipleship. Lets just say we want to cool, influential and on the cutting edge of the church and the world, at the same time. We want our opinions to be influential and respected, and we want community and intimacy. As a result, we are filled with unrequited desire. We desire to love God, to be loved by others, and live a full and enriching life. And yet, we hold on to that which Marcello holds onto, the last possession that every individual has, the will to surrender, to give oneself to someone, some ideal, cause or calling, without reservation.
Read Ed’s post here. I’ll be off to Blockbuster later today to see if I can find it there. Perhaps an interesting choice for St. Val’s Day.
Note: The first link in this post is to Rotten Tomatoes, my favorite movie review site. La Dolce Vita received a 100% Fresh rating.