The Religious Film: Christianity and the Hagiopic / Edition 1

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Overview

From The Gospel According to Matthew to Jesus Christ Superstar, from The Passion of Joan of Arc to The Last Temptation of Christ and Jesus of Montreal, The Religious Film captures the glory, gore, and centrality of this important genre.

  • A short, accessible introduction to religious film, exploring the genre as spectacle, as musical, and as controversy
  • Examines the historical, cultural and critical background for religious films from the silent era through to the present day
  • Introduces the complexities and characteristics of this iconic genre of film, including common sounds and images, and the values that most traditional films of this kind uphold
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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is well referenced and illustrated...the bibliography andoverviews would be useful to anyone interested in this field ofstudy. Pamela Grace is to be congratulated on this usefuladdition." (Historical Journal of Film, Radio andTelevision, June 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405160261
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Series: New Approaches to Film Genre Series , #10
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Grace teaches at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction: The Religious Film and the Hagiopic.

2. Historical Overview.

3. Critical Overview.

4. King of Kings (1961): Spectacle andAnti-Spectacle.

5. The Song of Bernadette (1943): The ReligiousComfort Film.

6. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and Jesus ChristSuperstar (2000): The Religious Musical.

7. The Gospel According to Matthew (1964) andJesus of Montreal (1989): The Alternative Hagiopic.

8. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and TheMessenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999): Transcendence andExploitation.

9. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and ThePassion of the Christ (2004): The Sacrificial Hagiopic.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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