Cinematic Faith: A Christian Perspective on Movies and Meaning

Cinematic Faith: A Christian Perspective on Movies and Meaning

by William D. Romanowski


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This engaging book explores how Christians can most profitably and critically hear, read, and view popular culture through the lens of film. William Romanowski highlights the benefits of a faith-informed approach to cinema that centers on art and perspective and shows how Christian faith contributes to the moviegoing experience, leading to a deeper understanding of movies and life. The book draws examples from classic and contemporary American movies and includes illustrative film stills. Additional resources for professors and students are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098659
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

William D. Romanowski (PhD, Bowling Green State University) is Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair in Communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the widely respected author of a number of books, including the award-winning Reforming Hollywood and Eyes Wide Open.

Table of Contents

List of Movie Musings
1. Why a Christian Approach?
2. Culture Communicates: Biblical Principles for a Peculiar Means of Expression
3. Moviemaking Magic: Poetic Portals and the Power of Perspective
4. Creating an Illusion of Reality: Film Form and Content
5. Connecting the Dots: Style and Meaning
6. Redemption American-Style: The Melodramatic Vision
7. The Yellow Brick Road to Self-Realization: Classical Hollywood Cinema
8. A Man's Gotta Do What a Man's Gotta Do: American Action-Adventure Movies
9. Stop Taking My Hand! Gender and Mainstream Hollywood

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