EXCEPT for one post last year, mentioning that the film was being made, we haven’t written about Creation, the new movie about Charles Darwin. The film made a debut in Canada and received a number of reviews, many favorable; but we haven’t written about it again.
We’ve been waiting for the film’s American debut, and the inevitable reviews reflecting “The Controversy” that rages here between evolution and creationism. But it’s not being shown in the US. We were also waiting in the hope of finding a crazed creationist review so we could post about that. But it’s not happening — our usual sources are ignoring the film. What’s going on here?
In the UK’s Daily Telegraph we read Charles Darwin film ‘too controversial for religious America’. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.
The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.
But not in the US. Let’s read on:
However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.
To be candid with you, dear reader, we find this situation disgusting. The Daily Telegraph article continues:
Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as “a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder”. His “half-baked theory” directly influenced Adolf Hitler and led to “atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering”, the site stated.
They’re probably referring to this this hideous review of a hideous book about “Charles Darwin: a racist, a bigot and 1800’s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder.” Hey, it’s legally safe to lie about a dead man. It’s also dishonest and cowardly. Therefore it’s the creationist thing to do.
If you want to read an excellent review of the movie, click here to read ‘Creation:’ A drama about the life of Charles Darwin, which is posted at the Panda’s Thumb website. It’s written by Eugenie Scott, Director of the National Center for Science Education.
It’s unlikely that you’ll find a review anywhere written by anyone more knowledgeable. Hint: she likes the movie.
But will the film ever be shown in American theaters? Perhaps not. The creationists may have succeeded in keeping the US population so ignorant that there’s no market here for such a film. We suspect that the US isn’t quite that stupid, but potential distributors are worried about demonstrations and possible violence. That concern may be well-justified — creationists aren’t known for their rationality (or integrity, or hygiene, or … well, you know all that).
Considering the antiquity of The Controversy between evolution and creationism, and the continuing embarrassment it causes for us as a species, it’s entirely appropriate for your Curmudgeon to use this occasion to revive an ancient insult — which we now hurl at the creationists with all the contempt we can muster: A pox be upon you!
[Update: See Creation the Movie: Box Office Results (UK).]
[2nd Update: See “Creation” the Movie: US Premier on 22 January.]
[3rd Update: See Creation: 1st Weekend Box Office Results (US).]
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