That was how Vincent Canby described the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire”, a British historical drama film tha told the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.This quote by Mr. Canby, then movie critic for the New York Times was printed as part of an obituary for Colin Welland, the Oscar-Winning Writer of the film, who died November 2 in London at age 81.
At the time of its release, we were inspired the film. But what also moved us was its sensibility. And now, thanks to this quote, we are able to verbalize why Chariots of Fire meant so much to us.
It also was informative to us beyond the film. We long for and embrace those who can provide a such “cleareyed evocation of values of the old-fashioned sort that are today more easily satirized than celebrated”.
We welcome the humor and satire of today. To us, it reflects that as a society we have become enlightened and honest with ourselves in ways like never before.
But we also believe that in an age that touts diversity, there can and should still be a place that also continues to celebrate the evocation of values of the old-fashioned.
The gain of one should not mean the loss of the other.
We hope this space offers such a cleareyed evocation, as well.Share