Religion and Film: An Introduction

Religion and Film: An Introduction

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by Melanie J. Wright
     
 

Studies of religion and film have long been dominated by the question of a film's fidelity to a religious text or worldview, or its value as a tool in ministry and mission. Religion and Film seeks to redress this balance, and will have strong appeal to students as well as general readers interested in all aspects of the inter-relationship of religion and the

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Studies of religion and film have long been dominated by the question of a film's fidelity to a religious text or worldview, or its value as a tool in ministry and mission. Religion and Film seeks to redress this balance, and will have strong appeal to students as well as general readers interested in all aspects of the inter-relationship of religion and the cinema. Drawing on cultural studies approaches, and focusing on such films as La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc, Lagaan, My Son the Fanatic, The Wicker Man and The Passion of the Christ, Melanie Wright looks at varied screen representations of religion; at films shaped by strong convictions about the place of religion in society; and at the roles that people play as consumers of film.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850437598
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
12/26/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Melanie J Wright is Academic Director of the Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge and an affiliated lecturer in Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction
• A History of the Religion-Film Encounter
• Religion and Film and Film studies
• Early Silent Films
• Epic Films from the 1950s
• Arthouse Films
• "Popular" Films
• Inter-religious Encounter and Film
• Women and Religious Film
• Suggestions for Further Reading
• Bibliography

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