William Park

William Park received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Columbia. After teaching at Hamilton College and Columbia, in 1962 he joined the Faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where, with Wilford Leach, he founded the program in film studies. He is the co-editor of The College Anthology of English and American Poetry and the author of The Idea of Rococo. He has published numerous essays on the novel. His essays on film have appeared in The Hudson Review, The Velvet Light Trap, The Journal of Popular Film, and Crisis. In 1998 he won the Catholic Press Association's award for the "Best Review" of the year. He is the regular film reviewer for the Irish monthly Position Paper. With his wife, Marlene, he now resides in Santa Cruz, California.

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The Fifty Best Catholic Movies of All Time

    The best religious films, and therefore the best Catholic films, convey the great truths of Christianity implicitly rather than explicitly, not unlike the mystery of incarnation itself, in which the Word became flesh in the person of an obscure carpenter from a hick town in a minor province. In addition, this list consists … Read more

The Fifty Best Catholic Films of All Time

The best religious films, and therefore the best Catholic films, convey the great truths of Christianity implicitly rather than explicitly, not unlike the mystery of incarnation itself, in which the Word became flesh in the person of an obscure carpenter from a hick town in a minor province. In addition, this list consists primarily of … Read more

Twenty More Best Catholic Films

Films which directly attempt to be religious, holy, or edifying tend to become sentimental, banal, or mediocre. The best religious films, and therefore the best Catholic films, convey the great truths of Christianity implicitly rather than explicitly, like the mystery of incarnation itself, in which the word became flesh in the person of an obscure … Read more

The Twenty-Best Catholic Films

If, as Simone Weil maintains, all great works of art are implicitly religious, the twenty best Catholic films are the twenty best films as well. That list would include, among others, Ikiru, The Grand Illusion, 8-1/2, North by Northwest, and The Searchers. All of them dramatize the great subjects of human nature, natural law, sacrifice, … Read more

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