Brandon Vogt

The Most Powerful Pro-Life Film of the Year (Watch Until the End!)

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The last few years have seen a number of pro-life films, both feature-length and short, but I think “Crescendo” stands at the top. This stunning 15-minute work has received global acclaim and has won over 11 international awards.

It revolves around an 18th-century woman in distress who, while pregnant, tries to take her own life, only to reverse course through some unexpected twists. It was produced by the same team behind “Bella”, another celebrated pro-life film, and aims to raise $10 million for crisis pregnancy centers around the world.

Take 15 minutes today and watch “Crescendo” below:

Interestingly, one of the film’s executive producers is Pattie Mallette, better known as the mother of pop superstar Justin Bieber. Mallette felt personally connected to the film’s message since she gave birth to her now-famous son while unmarried and after being pressured to terminate the pregnancy.

“My hope has always been to tell my story to help young women because I can relate,” she says. During her pregnancy, she was, “relatively alone, scared and unprepared” until a crisis pregnancy center took her in, “and gave me the help I needed.”

“I don’t know where we would be without that center,” Mallette says, adding, “I would hope that anyone, whether for or against abortion, would always want any young woman who may need a place to be cared for, loved and helped, to have what she would need.”

Learn more about the film, including how to host your own screening or order the DVD, at CPMovie.com.

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  • Jamieson

    While I enjoyed Crescendo, my principal criticism of it is that while the film does indeed possess a pro-life overtone and ultimately it is that ideal to which the film caters, it does not truly teach an authentic pro-life message, but instead offers a caveat. As we see the film and commiserate with Maria as she wrestles with the desire to bring her child into the world, but also to keep the child free from its miseries by not bringing it into the world at all, we ultimately feel her joy as we see the beauty of the life of her child, and what would have not been had she killed him in vitro. However, the sentiment conveyed is not “abortion is wrong because life has intrinsic and undiminishable worth”, it is “abortion is wrong, because of the greatness that may be prevented from being”. The key word here is “may”, implying that meaning, dignity, and worth are not intrinsic to the human person but qualities that may be assumed, and that it is not the ending of a life that is wrong in and of itself, it is the ending of a life before it may flourish. The importance of the human person is mitigated from an indwelling quality, to an assumed or applied quality. A subtle, yet pernicious distinction.

  • Jamieson

    While I enjoyed Crescendo, my principal criticism of it is that while the film does indeed possess a pro-life overtone and ultimately it is that ideal to which the film caters, it does not truly teach an authentic pro-life message, but instead offers a caveat. As we see the film and commiserate with Maria as she wrestles with the desire to bring her child into the world, but also to keep the child free from its miseries by not bringing it into the world at all, we ultimately feel her joy as we see the beauty of the life of her child, and what would have not been had she killed him in vitro. However, the sentiment conveyed is not “abortion is wrong because life has intrinsic and undiminishable worth”, it is “abortion is wrong, because of the greatness that may be prevented from being”. The key word here is “may”, implying that meaning, dignity, and worth are not intrinsic to the human person but qualities that may be assumed, and that it is not the ending of a life that is wrong in and of itself, it is the ending of a life before it may flourish. The importance of the human person is mitigated from an indwelling quality, to an assumed or applied quality. A subtle, yet pernicious distinction.

  • Timothy

    I can’t get passed the historical inaccuracies. It is a powerful film, but it slanders Johann van Beethoven. I cannot find any historical proof that he was a womanizer or violent. Maria was only 24 when Ludwig was born.

  • A beautiful film, especially once you get to about 12 minutes. But of course, it should be pointed out that the Bieber is no, well, you know. 🙂

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