108—Walker Percy’s Moviegoer w/ Nathan Douglas
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Thomas is joined by Catholic filmmaker Nathan Douglas to discuss Walker Percy’s first novel, The Moviegoer. They examine the malaise-ridden protagonist Binx Bolling’s “search” for meaning, which he ultimately finds through responsibility: not the responsibility urged by respectable “values”, but that urged by love.
They also look at how Binx searches for a deeper connection with reality through his moviegoing habits. Percy has some interesting descriptions of his characters finding moments of transcendent beauty in films, given that this novel was written just before the notion of “cinephilia” developed by French critics made its way to the United States.
Nathan Douglas’s short films www.nwdouglas.com
Nathan’s film writing www.vocationofcinema.substack.com
Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast www.catholicculture.org/criteria
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Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.
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