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Through a Screen Darkly
     

Through a Screen Darkly

by Jeffrey Overstreet
 

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Welcome to the confessions of a Christian moviegoer. Jeffrey Overstreet, film enthusiast and movie reviewer, takes readers on a journey that spans the globe. From a desert scene in Mongolia to a galaxy far, far away, you'll explore the power of cinematic journeys to introduce life-changing new insights. While visiting the angels of Wings of Desire and the inquisitive

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Welcome to the confessions of a Christian moviegoer. Jeffrey Overstreet, film enthusiast and movie reviewer, takes readers on a journey that spans the globe. From a desert scene in Mongolia to a galaxy far, far away, you'll explore the power of cinematic journeys to introduce life-changing new insights. While visiting the angels of Wings of Desire and the inquisitive British newcomers of The New World, he'll show you how different characters, different worldviews and different experiences offer pieces of a larger truth. Examining methods and styles employed by Martin Scorsese, Tony Scott, Paul Thomas Anderson, Akira Kurosawa and Krzysztof Kieslowski, he highlights the ways in which art and entertainment can both harm and heal. You'll find excerpts from his conversations with directors Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) and Patrice Leconte (The Widow of St. Pierre), and producer Ralph Winter (the X-Men series). What makes some films timeless rather than merely popular has everything to do with the way these artists-whether they know it or not-have captured reflections of God in their work.

Through a Screen Darkly also includes a collection of recommendations for movie discussion groups, links to frequently updated resources for moviegoers, and meditations on how different films echo the ways in which Christ captured the attention and imagination of culture. You may be surprised by Overstreet's revealing encounters with moviegoers and critics in both mainstream and religious circles. He challenges traditional Christian ideas about art and coaxes the curious toward bold, rewarding engagement with contemporary cinema.

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Publishers Weekly
If viewing a film is to be a spiritual exercise, one must be open to conversion. Overstreet, cultural commentator and film critic for Christianity Today, leads readers through his own cinematic conversion in this compelling volume. Overstreet's greatest gift is the masterful way he brings a spirit of discernment to the world of film. For example, determining when sex and violence is artfully employed or when it is just plain gratuitous is not always an easy task. Overstreet uses inspiring anecdotes from his life to show how the process of discerning the content and meaning of films takes patience, prayer and humility. He exhibits all of these traits through his movie commentaries and invites the reader to set aside biases about what is "properly" Christian and look deeper toward how cinema as an art form affects one's soul. This, according to Overstreet, is the work of God. At times, the author's stories distract from his main point, but his primary goal is one to be celebrated: "I have a strange compulsion to sit down between Christian culture and secular society, trying to help them understand each other-and ultimately, God-better through a shared experience of art." Two thumbs up! (Feb. 8) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830743155
Publisher:
Gospel Light Publications
Publication date:
02/05/2007
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Overstreet calls upon a decade of experience as a film journalist for publications like Christianity Today, Image, Books & Culture, Paste Magazine, Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine, The Other Journal, and his popular website, lookingcloser.org. He frequently lectures at Seattle Pacific University and Seattle area churches; frequently reviews films on radio talk shows in Seattle and Wisconsin; and participated in a panel discussion on Christians and culture with writer Dick Staub, novelist Jeff Berryman, and actor Grant Goodeve for CITA (Christians in the Theatre Arts). In September 2005, Jeffrey was featured as Image journal's Artist of the Month. His film reviews were recently celebrated in a cover story in The Seattle Times' Sunday magazine, Pacific Northwest. TIME Magazine quoted him in an article about the new surge of Christian engagement with film and popular culture. He is part of a select writers' group called The Milton Center Fellowship and serves as director of an association of Christian film critics. This is his first book.

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