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Old Embers for New Torches: Satan Never Sleeps
By Fritz Spencer
Aug 14, 2008 - 10:31:39 AM

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An archaeologist may spend months beneath a blazing sun, brushing off broken bits of pottery, carefully reassembling each shattered fragment into a beautiful relic from a far distant past. Those who would reconstruct a shattered America have a far easier task. Instead of broken fragments, we have a complete and accurate record of the past, the books and movies of a bygone era.

We are all familiar with "Banned Books Week." Each year our public libraries claim to reveal to the public books which were once forbidden. But by the time these books are put on display, the ban has already been lifted. Books which are truly banned rarely reach the notice of the public.

The poet Ezra Pound once wrote that all that remains of our botched civilization is a few thousand battered books. He was correct, although we may add to his account of the archaeological relics of America, a score or so of long-forgotten movies.

The purpose of "Old Embers for New Torches" is two-fold. Each column will seek to guide the readers to works which embody the neglected values of honor, loyalty, and faith. A second goal will be to point out those forgotten books and movies which shed light on our current political situation. By doing so, the author of this column hopes to spur discussion and encourage political action.

Satan Never Sleeps by Leo McCarey

Every Easter, Christmas, or St. Patrick's Day we are sure to see one of Leo McCarey's films on TV. He is best known for his heart-warming movies on religious themes, movies such as The Bells of St. Mary's and Going My Way. McCarey's film An Affair to Remember is the most sensitive and profound treatment of romantic love that ever came out of Hollywood, and will be the subject of a separate "Old Embers" column at a later date.

McCarey's films portray life just as it is, and therein lies their power to stir the human soul. A profound love for humanity, respect for home and family, and a devotion to Christ are elements that appear in each of his films. The secret behind the emotional impact of McCarey's movies is that they are the product of one heart speaking to another.

Just as much as Hollywood tried to destroy the morality of the American people, McCarey tried to edify us. And more than any other filmmaker, McCarey made films that prove the saying "true art purifies and ennobles."

It is not surprising that McCarey was one of the first victims of the PC movement. His career came to an abrupt end in the early 1960s after he started making films critical of the Left. McCarey's movie My Son John tells the story of a young college student who was duped into joining the Communist party, and lost his life as a result. The film received a contemptuous review in the New York Times, and is now shown on college campuses as an example of McCarthy era anti-Communist hysteria.

McCarey's last film, Satan Never Sleeps, (Technicolor, 1962) is a realistic portrayal of the horrors of life under Communist rule. In the movie, an American missionary in China must find the courage to withstand persecution at the hands of the People's Liberation Army. The movie is unique among Hollywood films in that it shows the depth of hatred Communists have for God and Christianity. The movie reveals that the first goal of Communists after taking power is to liquidate priests and missionaries.

Although the persecution of Christians by Communists was an unavoidable fact, Hollywood ignored and suppressed the subject. Satan Never Sleeps, on the other hand, is remarkable for its faithfulness to the historical reality of Red Terror.

One particularly shocking scene is the murder of Christians in front of an altar hung with the portrait of Chairman Mao Tsedong. Although similar scenes took place innumerable times during the Russian Revolution, The Chinese Revolution, and the Spanish Civil War, Hollywood made sure that the truth about Communist brutality never reached the eyes of the movie-going public. (Most people whose knowledge of the Spanish Civil War comes from Hollywood and other Left-wing sources, would be surprised to learn that more than four thousands priests and seminarians, two-hundred nuns, and thirteen bishops were martyred by the Communists. Hundreds were killed by firing squads in the first two days of the Communist takeover.)

McCarey began his career in the field of comedy, and there are lighter moments in the film as well. A younger, unconventional priest, played by William Holden, is at loggerheads with the stodgy older priest, played by Clifton Webb. The film ends on a happy note with the escape of the priest and two of his parishioners, one played by France Nuyen, to Hong Kong. Even the Communist commander is redeemed by converting to Christianity, and becomes something of a hero. The movie is available on DVD through many Christian bookstores.

The purpose of "Old Embers for New Torches" is two-fold. Each column will seek to guide the readers to works which embody the neglected values of honor, loyalty, and faith. A second goal will be to point out those forgotten books and movies which shed light on our current political situation. By doing so, the author of this column hopes to spur discussion and encourage political action.


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