“What if you embrace the discordant note? And use it to start a new melody”
Have fifteen minutes of spare time? Crescendo is a short film a part of the Movie to Movement project, which aims to promote an increase in Christian values within Hollywood. It was released in 2011 and is still a popular promotion on the Movement’s website. This film revolves around the deplorable life of a particular woman in 18th century Germany. She has suffered much – the loss of her husband, mother, and her elder children. She is trapped in an abusive marriage with a drunk who pulls poor younger girls into his trap as well. This dire situation drives her to the biggest conflict of the plot: she wants to kill her unborn baby.
Her reasoning calls for pity; she believes she would rather kill the child than bring it into the world in which she lives. The woman even tries to kill herself with the abortion-inducing liquid, but is vanquished by chance. Her son is still born into the world, and it is in the span of him growing up that the woman realizes what talent he brings with him. The end of the film reveals who this woman is – the mother of Beethoven.
The legend of Beethoven is one repeatedly used in pro-life arguments. You are presented with a situation: a baby is born into dire situations with no hope in sight. Would you agree to terminate the pregnancy? If so, then you agreed to abort Beethoven. The historical accuracy of this situation has been contested for years, but it doesn’t take away the truth of the question. The choice to abort ends a hope for change, for innovation, for a new gift to the world. If Beethoven were aborted, we would’ve lost one of the most influential musicians in history.
The beauty of this movie lies in its simplicity. It is a mere fifteen minutes long. It is part of a brand new movement in the cinematic industry. It is still gaining ground in popularity. Yet, it is a high-quality film. It didn’t need to spend time on unnecessary details. One can grasp the miserable situation and the desperation of the woman from just a few key scenes. By using a well-known, iconic figure such as Beethoven, viewers can truly visualize how this choice would have impacted the world.
This idea of choosing not to subject a child to a world of misery is a common argument for pro-choice advocates. How can we be okay with letting a child be brought up in a drug-filled environment, an abusive household, or an unstable home? How can we let a handicap child go through life with all the doctors’ visits and other types of struggles it would have to go through just to live?
The answer is in another question. who are we to decide the answers?
We can never tell the future. Countless examples have risen from poverty, broken homes, and harder situations than most can imagine, but they still make an impact in the world. If we cancelled out their lives in an effort to ‘save’ them, we will lose their gifts to the world. We will have stolen their chance to make a difference, to live life with all its ups and downs. Who are we to tamper with God’s plan? Hope and a new beginning can come from anywhere, if we only give it a chance. This is all summed up in the first few minutes of Crescendo:
“Every little thing can be something great.”
Intrigued? You can check out the other movies promoted by Movie to Movement here:
Where can you watch Crescendo? It’s been released onto YouTube for free at this link:
-Gabby Munoz, Col ’18
Media Co-Chair, GU Right to Life