Seeing is Believing demonstrates that serious dramatic films usually express deeply-running visions of life, designated as Christian, Greek, American or skeptical. The author provides a narrative analysis that investigates these "deep structures," the mythic elements embedded in the films, while paying close attention to the comprehensive meaning of the whole film, not just the themes or implications that may be identified in the film's discrete parts. His analysis introduces a new and exciting method of film interpretation that developed succinctly through a narrative style that shows how the concepts are applied to films, relying more on understanding than memorization. The author also includes appendices that list effective questions for use in discussing movies, and a list of movies that work well with the book's method of analysis.
Presents an approach to film interpretation blending the influences of Preston Roberts, a Quaker professor of the 1950s, and the work of the Ecumenical Institute, a Protestant renewal movement that flourished in Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s. After a chapter on movies and meaning, chapters look at four different types of narrative: the Christian, the American, the Greek, and the skeptical story. Films explored include , , and . The author is affiliated with Roanoke College. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
chapter 1 Preface chapter 2 The Importance of Movies chapter 3 Movies and Meaning chapter 4 The Christian Story chapter 5 The American Story chapter 6 The Greek Story chapter 7 The Skeptical Story chapter 8 Epilogue chapter 9 Examples of Movies by Category chapter 10 On Discussing Films chapter 11 Endnotes