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Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies
     

Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies

by Roy M. Anker
 

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ISBN-10: 0802827950

ISBN-13: 9780802827951

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Films have come to not only entertain modern minds but also inform and shape them. Many of the best cinematic works have profound religious elements -- some obvious, some more subtle. In "Catching Light" Roy Anker examines nineteen popular films, showing how they convey a range of striking perspectives on the human encounter with God.

Overview

Films have come to not only entertain modern minds but also inform and shape them. Many of the best cinematic works have profound religious elements -- some obvious, some more subtle. In "Catching Light" Roy Anker examines nineteen popular films, showing how they convey a range of striking perspectives on the human encounter with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802827951
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
Part 1Darkness Visible19
1Utterly Lost: Michael Corleone's Descent in The Godfather Saga24
2"The Design of Darkness to Appall": Metaphysical Evil in Chinatown67
3"Just Come Home": Violence and Redemption in The Deer Hunter92
Part 2Light Shines in the Darkness119
4"The Wings of a Dove": The Search for Home in Tender Mercies124
5The Place Beyond Words: Image and Meaning in Places in the Heart143
6The Laughter Beyond Tears: Love's Redemptive Call in The Mission162
7"In the Regions of the Heart": The Meeting of Art and Belief in Babette's Feast191
Part 3Fables of Light215
8Tracking the Force: Meaning and Morality in the Star Wars Saga220
9The Super-Man: Displaying the Incarnation in Superman244
10"Earth's the Place for Love": The Lost Boy's Search for Home in Three Steven Spielberg Movies270
Part 4Found315
11Of Angels and Headaches: The Unexpected God of Grand Canyon318
12The War of the Roses: Meaning and Epiphany in American Beauty345
13The Sound of the Color of Love: The Construction of Meaning in Kieslowski's Three Colors: Blue364

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