Aimee finally showed up and related a fantastic story of being kidnapped. Roberts liardon shares about the life and ministry of aimee. An evangelist disappears herself in quirky queer comedy. In her time she was the most publicized protestant evangelist. With mimi michaels, laura anderson, carl ballantine, teres byrne. Just five years later, she founded angelus temple, preaching four essential biblical truths. Its fitting that this movie about the 1926 disappearance of the famous evangelist and faith healer aimee semple mcpherson pulls off a small miracle of its own. This amazing lady was a gifted missionary and healing evangelist, editor, author and founder of the international church of the foursquare gospel that today has over 25,000 churches and over 3 million members. The aimee semple mcpherson story 2006, original working title aimee semple mcpherson, is a featurelength dramatic biographical film. Historically aimee semple mcpherson is the founder of the foursquare gospel denomination, a denomination which still thrives today, headquartered in hollywood, california. Then she vanished mysteriously in 1927 at venice beach.
Aimee semple mcpherson was one of the most glamorous women in the us in the 1920s but there is still one unexplained mystery in the evangelists life. Aimee semple mcpherson is the focus of sister aimee, a new movie from married writing and directing team samantha buck and marie schlingmann. When she surfaced, she claimed that she had been kidnapped and held prisoner in mexico. Others claimed that she was off carrying on an affair with a married man.
Aimee semple mcpherson, controversial american pentecostal evangelist and early radio preacher whose international church of the foursquare gospel brought her wealth, notoriety, and a following numbering in the tens of thousands. Rather than telling the decadeslong tale of mcpherson. Minister aimee semple mcpherson and a group of tambourine players leading a service at angelus temple. She was very innovative in producing weekly dramas illustrating religious themes. She reemerges afterward claiming to have been kidnapped, which causes a media circus and massive police investigation. For a striving woman like semple mcpherson, recontextualizing her journey into seemingly contemporary terms isnt too big of a jump, and sister aimee pairs big ideas with quirky style. The evangelist passed away in oakland on one of her typical magic carpet crusades of whirlwind activity. Mcpherson pioneered the use of modern media in religious services, using radio to draw on the growing appeal of popular entertainment and incorporating stage techniques into her weekly sermons at angelus temple, an early megachurch. After she fled her described captors and emerged from the desert, she was a page one story cabled abroad by foreign correspondents.
In this weird, erratic film, a famous evangelist and singer fakes her own. Sister aimee is a subtly queer ode to storytelling. My first church i became a member of was a foursquare church. In 1926, famous evangelist aimee semple mcpherson disappeared for six weeks. Aimee semple mcpherson, as director richard rossi portrayed her is a woman of magnificent triumphs and magnificent defeats. Documentary on the life of sister aimee semple mcpherson. Biographical documentary on aimee semple mcpherson part 1. In 1926, protestant female ministerand popular radio evangelistaimee semple mcpherson disappeared from the waters off a southern california beach. Christianity today magazine praised richard rossis two films on her life, a documentary, and a feature daramtic film, as going much deeper then anything done on her remarkable journey and ministry before. The mysterious disappearance of aimee semple mcpherson. Revivalist aimee semple mcpherson did not let anything stand in her way. Pete seeger recorded this on the 1961 album story songs.
A dramatization of the life of controversial american evangelist mcpherson. On may 18, 1926, christian evangelist aimee semple mcpherson disappeared from venice beach. The aimee semple mcpherson story i was more than willing to forego the usual expectations of what generally constitutes a good movie production values, acting in hopes of discovering an honest, intelligent, well told true life story of a fascinating 20th century icon. So, of course, i would include a list of aimee semple mcpherson quotes. In december 1907, she decided to attend a local tent revival on a whim, and fell in love with its irishborn preacher, robert semple. Aimee mcpherson preaches, 1930s film 34408 duration. The assistant trailer 2020 julia garner, drama movie duration. In 1926, flamboyant evangelist aimee semple mcpherson disappeared for six weeks. Song about the mcpherson kidnapping scandal, dating from when it was a current news story. In fact, it is a fairly faithful account of the life of one of americas most famous faith healing evangelists, a woman who started her own denomination, the four square gospel. Speaking in tongues and healing the sick and handicapped, mcpherson brought followers to their feet, cheering. The movie aimee semple mcpherson is not the puff piece one would expect. The film began with a rather tongue in cheek throwback opening credit sequence to the silent films of aimees era.
Aimee semple mcpherson was the most famous female evangelist of all time. Aimees daughter roberta, the mcpherson family secretary, and aimees leading man. The pic written and directed by buck and schlingmann tells the mostly fictional story of the reallife early 20th century megastar evangelist sister aimee semple mcpherson played by anna. The life of aimee semple mcpherson, impacted me to the core and left me thinking for many weeks after i put it down. Aimee semple mcpherson could be remembered for many things. Anna margaret hollyman plays aimee semple mcpherson, the faith healer who reached a mass audience in the 1920s and 30s via radio broadcasts and vaudeville theatrics. She stages her own disappearance in california and runs off with her new lover michael mosley to mexico for five weeks. Watch sister aimee american experience official site pbs. Sister aimee tells the dramatic life story aimee semple mcpherson, the controversial, charismatic, wildly popular evangelist who was instrumental in bringing conservative protestantism into. She was raised a methodist, her father jamess faith.
Jesus christ was the savior, baptizer with the holy spirit, healer and sooncoming king. Christianity today magazine praised richard rossis two films on her life. Sister aimee claimed to be the first woman in the world to preach on the radio the foursquare gospelowned kfsg kall four square gospel broadcast from the radio towers visible on angelus. The aimee semple mcpherson story 2006, original working title aimee semple mcpherson, is a featurelength dramatic biographical film about evangelist sister aimee semple mcpherson. Aimee semple mcpherson christian history christianity. This movie dramatizes the court hearing held to determine exactly what happened. A feature film about the life of aimee semple mcpherson, the. In more than three decades as an evangelist, aimee semple mcpherson touched the lives of millions. The disappearance of aimee is a 1976 american madefortelevision biographical drama film directed by anthony harvey and starring faye dunaway as the evangelist aimee semple mcpherson, costarring bette davis, james sloyan and james woods. In december 1907, she decided to attend a local tent revival on a whim, and fell in love with its irishborn preacher, robert.
Not sure why, but there seems to be some confusion about what type of movie this is. This film isnt about crowds and buildings and model ts, its about quiet emotion, loneliness, and the idea that a higher power can call us to. This movie s tone is one that is a notch below serious. Aimee semple mcpherson 18901944 smith wigglesworth. It wont be one to wow people, but not half bad either. Aimee semple mcpherson was a famous evangelist from the early twentieth century who founded the foursquare church. Reported kidnapping of aimee semple mcpherson wikipedia. Brand new critically acclaimed movie, aimee semple mcpherson, on the life of the greatest woman of the twentieth century. Aimee semple mcpherson was born aimee elizabeth kennedy on her familys farm near ingersoll, ontario, canada.
Sister aimee gets september release date in 1091 deal. Mcphersons background and life was all about helping people beginning with watching her mother work with the salvation army. As a teenager, aimee was introduced to pentecostalism through the preaching of robert semple, whom she eventually married. The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher bbc. It gives a sly nod to the viewer at points and has them laughing and smiling along with aimee. A bigger budget and an expanded narrative might have made the disappearance of aimee a dandy theatrical mystery. Our movie was heralded at european film festival exhibitions of the rough cut. Ultimate documentary on aimee semple mcpherson with insight duration. The aimee semple mcpherson story is a movie about the female faith healer who vanished mysteriously in 1927 near venice beach. The film originally premiered as a presentation of hallmark hall of fame on nbc on november 17, 1976. Richard rossis lowbudget, directtovideo feature sister aimee dramatizes the life of controversial american evangelist mcpherson here portrayed by mimi michaels.
The way she lived her life was charitable, controversial, and contradictory. Sister aimee semple mcpherson was the frontpage famous preacher of the 1920s who mysteriously vanished at ocean park beach in 1926. Sister aimee 2019 samantha buck, bernard barrow, marie. A documentary on the life of aimee semple mcpherson chronicling her early life, failed marriages, tremendous ministry and popularity, alleged kidnapping and more. Prior to her 1926 reported kidnapping, aimee semple mcpherson was little known outside of southern california. Aimee semple mcpherson 18901944 was a flamboyant, controversial, immensely popular preacher who the international church of the foursquare gospela pentecostal denomination which still exists today with 1,600 churches and a quarter of a million members and adherents in the u. Enjoy the trailer from writerdirector richard rossis award. The definitive doc on sister aimee goes where no other has gone before. Here was a twentysomething mom who threw off the comforts of home, packed her two children, and set off to evangelize america at a time when women could not even vote. Biography from liberty harbor foursquare gospel church. Aimee elizabeth semple mcpherson, also known as sister aimee or sister, was a canadianamerican pentecostal evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s, famous for founding the foursquare church. In this oscarconsidered movie, director rossi interviews 3 key witnesses to the life of the fabled female faith healer.186 826 651 1452 15 1436 1436 789 253 1307 21 527 1213 1285 324 1216 1141 698 198 1233 576 869 1006 732 368 881 199 736 897 1466 100 797 112 146 566 1134 1245