Faith in Film
How plausible is it to examine the medium of film through a Christian lens? Are there any grounds for supposing that, in "going to the movies," one is participating in a religious activity? Faith in Film identifies and explores these...
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How plausible is it to examine the medium of film through a Christian lens? Are there any grounds for supposing that, in "going to the movies," one is participating in a religious activity? Faith in Film identifies and explores these key questions.
From the unprecedented and innovative perspective of Christian theology, this book investigates how cinema audiences wrestle with religious beliefs and values. Through a reading of films as diverse as Groundhog Day, Billy Liar, Fight Club, Nobody's Fool and The Passion of Christ, Deacy reveals that the movies raise vital questions about the spiritual landscape and normative values of western society today.
Christopher Deacy is Head of Religious Studies and Lecturer in Applied Theology at the University of Kent and has written a number of publications exploring the interface between religion and film, including "Screen Christologies: Redemption and the Medium of Film."<BR><P>Gaye Ortiz teaches Communication Studies at Augusta State University in Georgia. She has served as vice president of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, and is co-editor of "Explorations in Theology and Film" (Blackwell, 1997).
- Contents: Preface; Christianity And Film In Conversation; The Heart Of The Matter: Escapism Vs. Religion; Theological Currents In Contemporary Cinema: Seven Case Studies: Fight Club; The Prince Of Tides; The Purple Rose Of Cairo; Billy Liar; The Apartment; Groundhog Day; Raging Bull; Movie Gods And Goddesses: The Role Of The Celebrity: Julie Christie; Robert De Niro; Paul Newman; Jack Nicholson; The 'passion' Of The Audience: Theology And Diversity; New Ways Forward; References: Books And Articles; Websites; Films; Index.