Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals / Edition 1

Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals / Edition 1

by John C. Lyden, Roy Porter, Michele Eliason
     
 

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003

Film as Religion argues that popular films perform a religious function in our culture. Like more formal religious institutions, films can provide us with ways to view the world and values to confront it. Lyden contends that approaches which interpret films only ideologically or theologically miss the mark in

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003

Film as Religion argues that popular films perform a religious function in our culture. Like more formal religious institutions, films can provide us with ways to view the world and values to confront it. Lyden contends that approaches which interpret films only ideologically or theologically miss the mark in understanding their appeal to viewers. He develops an alternative method which shows how films can be understood as representing a “religious” worldview in their own right.

Lyden surveys the state of the study of religion and film, offering an overview of previous methods before presenting his own. Rather than seeking to uncover hidden meanings in film detectable only to scholars, Lyden emphasizes how film functions for its audiences—the beliefs and values it conveys, and its ritual power to provide emotional catharsis. He includes a number of brief cases studies in which he applies this method to the study of film genres—including westerns and action movies, children's films, and romantic comedies—and individual films from The Godfather to E.T., showing how films can function religiously.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814751817
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
289
Sales rank:
1,168,588
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

John C. Lyden is Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. He is the editor of Enduring Issues in Religion.

Table of Contents

Part i A Method for Viewing Film as Religion:
Existing Approaches to Religion and Film
The Definition of Religion
Myths about Myth
Rituals and Morals
The Religion-Film Dialogue as Interreligious Dialogue
Part ii Genre and Film Analyses
Westerns and Action Movies:
Die Hard (1988)
Gangster Films
The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974)
Melodrama, Tearjerkers, and “Women’s Films”:
Titanic (1997)
Romantic Comedies:
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Children’s Films and Fantasy
E.T., The Extraterrestrial (1982)
Science Fiction:
The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Original Star Wars Films (1977, 1980, 1983)
Thrillers and Horror Movies:
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho (1960)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Name and Subject Index
Film Index
About the Author

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