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Nov 29, 2020

This influential avant-garde short film made for the 1964 New York World's Fair drew national controversy for its allegorical portrayal of Jesus as a clown in the circus of life. A much more subtle and arty Christian film than we are usually accustomed to watching for this podcast, it tells a New Testament story using whimsical imagery that can turn deeply haunted at a moment's notice. Grant Moninger of American Cinematheque and Beyond Fest introduces us to Parable by reminiscing about his terrifying experience seeing it in church as a young kid. He also delights us with his vivid stories of growing up in an ultra-rural Protestant community involving graveyards, pageants, petty rivalries, and learning why dogs go to hell. 

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