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The Religious Affiliation of Director
Victor Fleming


Victor Fleming was the director of some of the greatest, most influential films in American history, including Gone With the Wind (1939) and The Wizard of Oz (1939). His films typically combined audience appeal with artistic excellence as well as deeper layers rich in their potential for the examination of religious, spiritual and ethical topics.

Fleming died in 1949. He is buried in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park, in Hollywood, California, where his epitaph on his tombstone (viewable here: http://www.seeing-stars.com/ImagePages/VictorFlemingGravePhoto.shtml; 9 July 2005) reads: "HE LEADETH ME:

Fleming was a Christian. We are currently doing further research in order to ascertain what denomination he belonged to and assess the degree of his church activity.

Fleming's last film was Joan of Arc (1948), which is widely regarded as one of the most pro-Catholic film treatments this historical Catholic heroine has ever received.

From: "Joan of Arc" page on iFilm.com website (http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2319854?htv=12; viewed 9 July 2005):

Victor Fleming proved his skill with massive crowd scenes in both GONE WITH THE WIND and THE WIZARD OF OZ, so the impeccable battle sequences in JOAN OF ARC come as no surprise. The real piece de resistance is Ingrid Bergman's stirring performance as the young Joan, who hears voices from nowhere instructing her to aid France in driving out the British. Joan travels to the court of the dauphin, Charles VII (Jos Ferrer), where she passes a tricky test to persuade the dauphin of her authenticity. Placed at the head of the French army, Joan's courage and brilliant military tactics lead to victory after victory, but soon the dauphin fears Joan's enormous popularity and sells her out. Captured by the British, Joan stands trial for heresy and is sentenced to death at the stake. Many years after her martyrdom, the Catholic church would make Joan a saint. Beautifully written and wonderfully performed, Victor Fleming's last film is a spiritual adventure.

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