Cinema Divinite

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This book is a veritable cornucopian feast for anyone interested in film. From case studies of key directors to discussions of cinematic classics, from explorations of time-honoured genres to investigations of the theological heart of many contemporary favourites, there is something for everyone's tastes here. This will help put to rest any suggestion that religion, theology and the Bible have nothing to do with the cinema -rather, these studies demonstrate that such matters are at the centre of our modern ...
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Overview

This book is a veritable cornucopian feast for anyone interested in film. From case studies of key directors to discussions of cinematic classics, from explorations of time-honoured genres to investigations of the theological heart of many contemporary favourites, there is something for everyone's tastes here. This will help put to rest any suggestion that religion, theology and the Bible have nothing to do with the cinema -rather, these studies demonstrate that such matters are at the centre of our modern love-affair with the moving image." Dr Larry J Kreitzer,
Tutor of New Testament and Tutor for Graduates, Regents Pak College, Oxford University, UK
"From this fascinating collection, readers will learn that "biblical" movies reflect not only the biblical stories they tell but also the issues and trends that are important to the filmmakers who created them, while films that are not explicitly about the Bible may nonetheless be built around biblical themes, characters and stories. A stimulating and far-ranging addition to the growing literature on the intersections among the Bible, theology and cinema, this book is a must-read for all who love watching movies and talking about them."
Dr Adele Reinhartz,
Dean Graduate Studies and Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
The interdisciplinary study of theology and film requires a responsible engagement on the part of religious studies experts, biblical scholars and theologians, with film studies. Cinema Divinite first of all sets out various critical approaches to the study of film and theology such as formalism, expressionism, realism, textual analysis, contextual analysis, postmodern eclecticism, narrative criticism and cultural studies. The early chapters also look at the major concepts in film studies such as cinema spectatorship and the nature and application of film theory to theology.The book takes a case-study approach as it examines specific films, including The Godfather, Blade Runner, 0 Brother Where Art Thou? , specific filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrik and Luis Bunuel, and finally genre, including everything from film noir to animantion and the western.The book closes with a lively and often far-sighted discussion of the recently released The Passion of Christ.
Eric S. Christianson is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University College Chester. Peter Francis is Warden of the St Deiniol's Library. William R Telford is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Durham.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334029885
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Cinema Divinite : a theological introduction 1
1 Through a lens darkly : critical approaches to theology and film 15
2 Key concepts in film studies 44
3 Shot, burned, restored : Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc 63
4 Reading Stanley Kubrick : a theological odyssey 78
5 Sacrilege, satire or statement of faith? : ways of reading Luis Bunuel's Viridiana 94
6 An ethic you can't refuse? : assessing The godfather trilogy 110
7 Was Judas the third man? : the lost childhood in the cinema of Graham Greene 124
8 Artificial bodies : Blade runner and the death of man 137
9 Why film noir is good for the mind 151
10 Speaking of God and Donald Duck : realism, non-realism and animation 167
11 Clint Eastwood westerns : promised land and real men 182
12 A fistful of shekels : Ehud the Judge (Judges 3.12-30) and the spaghetti western 199
13 The two faces of betrayal : the characterization of Peter and Judas in the biblical epic or Christ film 214
14 Re-membering the American radical reformation in The apostle and O brother where art thou? 239
15 Perversion and fulfilment : revivalist Christianity in The night of the hunter 253
16 'His blood be upon us, and our children' : the treatment of Jews and Judaism in the Christ film 266
17 Ritual recast and revisioned : Hollywood remembers the first Passover and the Last Supper 289
Epilogue table talk : reflections on Mel Gibson's The passion of the Christ 311
App. 1 Religion, theology and the Bible in recent films (1993-2004)
App. 2 Christ-figures in film
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