Truth-in-CinemaQuest

IS THIS FILM SPIRITUAL?

a portable guide to the true art of cinema

1. In your experience, is this film unique (one of a kind)? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points.

2. Did the film challenge you to expand your perceptions of life? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points

3. What do you feel was the director's primary motivation for making this film? Choose only ONE of the following:

a) to solicit a profound emotional response (like relationship, family, religious, feel-good films, etc.). Add 5 points.
b) to deal with serious issues (crime, war, environment, over-population, etc.). Add 5 points.
c) to state ideas, opinions or hypotheses of life (like many art films and sci-fi films.) Add 5 points.
d) to arouse and titillate the senses through adventure, horror, violence, sex, etc. Add 0 points.
e) to entertain. Add 0 points.
f) to express a serious spiritual search for the meaning of human existence. (Is there a God? Who are we? What is fate? Etc.) Add 20 points.
(NOTE: Try to resist the temptation to immediately place your favorite film into this category. First consider if it might not fit better into any of the above. Keep in mind that emotion is NOT the same as spirituality, and neither is religion. Spirituality stands ABOVE both emotion and religion.)

4. Is there scatology, grotesqueness or a preoccupation with body parts present in the film? If no, add 5 points. If yes, add 0 points.

5. Is there a striving towards pure beauty in the film? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points.

6. Does the director have a unique visual language all his own? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points.

7. Does the film have anything meaningful to offer, when the sound is turned off? If no, add 0 points. If so-so, add 5 points. If yes, add 10 points.

8. Was the dialogue in the film meaningful and profound? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points.

9. Was music in the film used in a necessary, profound and meaningful way? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points.

10. Does the film have the effect of probing deep within you, like door after door is opening? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 10 points

11. Are any of the following presented in a casual, matter-of-fact way: smoking, drinking, drugs, gambling, sex, violence? If no, add 5 points. If yes, add 0 points. (NOTE: casual treatment of these issues - as opposed to a serious re-evaluation - reveals spiritual superficiality on the part of the director.)

12. Was there a proliferation of dialect or foul language in the film? If no add 5 points. If yes add 0 points.

13. Did you come away from the film talkative or contemplative? If talkative, add 0 points. If contemplative, add 5 points.

14. Did the film continue to resonate within you for a long time? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add 5 points.

15. Were you compelled to watch the film again? If no, add 0 points. If yes, add one point for each time you saw the film (5 points maximum).



SCORE
80 - 100 points
a superior work, full of spiritual striving

60 - 79 points
good, but lacks depth of spiritual perception

40
- 59 points may have value, but not spiritual value



0 - 39 points
         a dubious film from a spiritual perspective




  
                                         
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