There were “fun challenges” to making THE SONG, the film’s director admits to a Catholic reporter

It was tough resurrecting a 3,000-year-old story and applying it to the modern era, says film-maker Richard Ramsey. 

But what he faced were "fun challenges."

"When you have spiritual and religious, specifically Christian, themes in a movie," Ramsey told the Catholic News Service, how do you "keep the movie story-driven rather than message-driven?"

How do you keep it from being a two-hour homily complete with a call for reconciliation?

It was no easy task, says Ramsey, adding "I feel like we succeeded" in the new Samuel Goldwyn Films release, THE SONG, a romantic movie based on the Song of Solomon, scheduled to hit nationwide September 26. 

How did he do it? "It's just a matter of finding the modern parallel," Ramsey told the news service. "What are the idolatrous attitudes we have today about sex or about meaning or those various things that Solomon addresses?"

Ramsey called the film "a redemptive love story" based on the writings and life of King Solomon, the famed but flawed king of ancient Israel.

Much of the film is not actually inspired by the sexiest book in the Bible -- which Catholic Bibles call "Song of Songs," said Ramsey, Indeed, a lot of the story was inspired by that other biblical book that Solomon wrote, the Book of Ecclesiastes.

"The Song of Solomon speaks very powerfully to issues of romance and marriage and intimacy," Ramsey said. "Ecclesiastes, I think, addresses an even more foundational issue of where the meaning in life comes from."

Ramsey noted the parallel between the narrative of Ecclesiastes and the issues that have emerged in contemporary culture, namely the misguided quest by many people to ascribe meaning to their lives through everyday superficialities like work, education and material things.

"I think a lot of people are trying to find meaning and significance in those things," he said, "and it all ends up empty."

"This film kind of gives a cautionary tale about the heartache that can come from trying to do that."

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