Faith in Film: Religious Themes in Contemporary Cinema

Faith in Film: Religious Themes in Contemporary Cinema

by Christopher Deacy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754651584

ISBN-13: 9780754651581

Pub. Date: 07/30/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

How plausible is it to examine the medium of film through a Christian lens? Are there any grounds for supposing that, in 'going to the movies', one is participating in a religious activity? Faith in Film identifies and explores these key questions. From the unprecedented and innovative perspective of Christian theology, this book investigates how cinema audiences

Overview

How plausible is it to examine the medium of film through a Christian lens? Are there any grounds for supposing that, in 'going to the movies', one is participating in a religious activity? Faith in Film identifies and explores these key questions. From the unprecedented and innovative perspective of Christian theology, this book investigates how cinema audiences wrestle with religious beliefs and values. Through a reading of films as diverse as Groundhog Day, Billy Liar, Fight Club, Nobody's Fool and The Passion of the Christ, Deacy reveals that the movies raise vital questions about the spiritual landscape and normative values of western society today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754651581
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/30/2005
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Christianity and film in conversation; The heart of the matter: escapism vs. religion; Theological currents in contemporary cinema: seven case studies: Fight Club; The Prince of Tides; The Purple Rose of Cairo; Billy Liar; The Apartment; Groundhog Day; Raging Bull; Movie gods and goddesses: the role of the celebrity: Julie Christie; Robert De Niro; Paul Newman; Jack Nicholson; The 'passion' of the audience: theology and diversity; New ways forward; References: Books and articles; Websites; Films; Index.

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