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Sacred Profanity

Author : Aubrey Dillon-Malone
ISBN : 9780313379222
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book offers a history of films with Biblical, spiritual, and supernatural themes. * Comprises discussions of 184 films with religious, spiritual, or supernatural themes * Includes quotes from over 100 actors, producers, directors, and critics * Presents 22 seminal images from Biblical epics, films featuring priests and nuns and also films dealing with symbolic sacramental themes * Offers an extensive bibliography of print and online sources for further reading * Provides a comprehensive filmography of all movies discussed in the book

The Bible In Motion

Author : Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch
ISBN : 9781501500169
Genre : Religion
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This two-part volume contains a comprehensive collection of essays by well-known scholars focusing on the reception of the Bible in world cinema. It explores selected biblical characters and themes, directors whose work addresses biblical texts and motifs, particular interpretive lenses, a wide array of film genres, and a variety of world cinemas. It is intended for scholars of the Bible, religion, and film as well as for a general audience.

Anne Bancroft

Author : Peter Shelley
ISBN : 9781476662428
Genre : Performing Arts
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Anne Bancroft (1931-2005) was an American film, television and stage actress, stage producer and film director. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, she won the "Triple Crown"--an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy. Her stage portrayal of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in 1959. She reprised the role for the 1962 film of the same name, winning the Oscar for Best Actress, but was perhaps best known as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967). Her extensive television work included numerous roles in movies and series, including Deep in My Heart (1999), for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. A filmography/videography and information about DVD availability are included.

Faith And Spirituality In Masters Of World Cinema

Author : Kenneth R. Morefield
ISBN : 9781443832793
Genre : History
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Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume II continues the work presented in the first volume of this title, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2008. It provides informed yet accessible articles that will give readers an introduction to masters of world cinema whose works explore the themes of human spirituality and religious faith. Volume II contains essays dealing with canonical directors notably absent from the first entry of the series (such as Godard and Kurosawa) while also including examinations of contemporary auteurs who are still actively working (for example, Andersson, and von Trier). While retaining a truly international emphasis—it includes essays about directors from the United States, Canada, Iran, Sweden, India, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Australia, and Japan—Volume II also acts as an important contribution to canon formation, illustrating the complexity and variety in the films of those who are truly the masters of world cinema. Built solidly around close, formal readings of selective films, the essays in Volume II also demonstrate familiarity with film history and bring insight from such varied disciplines as New Testament Studies, Clinical Psychology, Art History, and Medieval History. It also seeks to broaden the understanding of ‘faith’ and ‘spirituality,’ examining how the meaning of such terms changes as the cultures that produce the art that defines them continues to evolve.

Between Sacred And Profane

Author : Gordon Lynch
ISBN : 9780857710826
Genre : Religion
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Over the past ten years there has been an explosion of interest in how religion and the sacred connect with the media and cultures of everyday life. How are religious communities, identities and rituals being transformed by new media such as the internet? What is the significance of the media when for many people it becomes the primary source of images and of an encounter with religious traditions? Do the media and popular culture themselves take on religious significance, and how do people make use of these popular resources to 'do' religion in the contemporary world? As researchers have tried to answer these and other questions, a growing body of literature has begun to develop. Between Sacred and Profane offers a major review of this young and exciting field of scholarship, highlighting both its achievements and flaws, and setting out an agenda for its next phase of study. The book is an invaluable guide and handbook for beginning students who are looking for a first overview of the key issues and debates, as well as for more experienced scholars who wish to reflect on how their work will develop in future. Between Sacred and Profane will be required reading for courses in theology, religion and contemporary culture for many years to come.

The Postmodern Sacred

Author : Emily McAvan
ISBN : 9780786492824
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"This volume examines pop-culture spirituality, or "postmodern sacred," showing how consumers use the symbols contained in explicitly "unreal" texts to gain a second-hand experience of transcendence and belief. It shows how today's pervasive, saturated media culture has utterly collapsed the sacred/profane binary and shapes how the religious appears and is experienced in the contemporary world"--Provided by publisher.

Praying The Movies

Author : Edward McNulty
ISBN : 0664501559
Genre : Religion
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Praying the Movies is a collection of thirty-one devotions that connect movies with the spiritual life of moviegoers. Each devotion contains a passage from Scripture, a description of a scene from a popular film, and a meditation connecting the themes in the scene to the Scripture passage. Also included in each devotion are questions to encourage further reflection, a suggestion for a hymn, and a brief prayer.

Faith In Film

Author : Christopher Deacy
ISBN : UOM:39015061188606
Genre : Religion
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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.

The Sacred And The Cinema

Author : Sheila J. Nayar
ISBN : 9781441147929
Genre : Social Science
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For more than half a century now, scholars have debated over what comprises a 'genuinely' religious film-one that evinces an 'authentic' manifestation of the sacred. Often these scholars do so by pitting the 'successful' films against those which propagate an inauthentic spiritual experience-with the biblical spectacular serving as their most notorious candidate. This book argues that what makes a filmic manifestation of the sacred true or authentic may say more about a spectator or critic's particular way of knowing, as influenced by alphabetic literacy, than it does about the aesthetic or philosophical-and sometimes even faith-based-dimensions of the sacred onscreen. Engaging with everything from Hollywood religious spectaculars, Hindu mythologicals, and an international array of films revered for their 'transcendental style,' The Sacred and the Cinema unveils the epistemic pressures at the heart of engaging with the sacred onscreen. The book also provides a valuable summation of the history of the sacred as a field of study, particularly as that field intersects with film.

The Movies On My Mind

Author : Bert Cardullo
ISBN : UOM:39015080883765
Genre : Performing Arts
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The main purpose of The Movies on My Mind: Collected Criticism, 2002-2007 is to stake out territory for a certain type of film critic, somewhere between a reviewer-journalist and a scholar-theorist. At a time when the movie review has degenerated into mere publicity for Hollywood pictures and film scholarship has become entangled in its own pseudo-scientific discourse, the author offers close readings of individual films that go beyond simple plot summaries and vague impressions about acting (the province of the newspaper review), on the one hand, yet that pull up short of arid hermetic academic discourse (the province of the scholarly monograph), on the other hand. With elegance, clarity, and rigor, the author tries ever to demonstrate that the cinema means as well as shows, and his ultimate aim is to explain how moviemakers use the resources of the medium to pursue complex, significant humanistic goals. Thus, in addition to chronicling the vitality and richness of international film art, The Movies on My Mind aims to facilitate its understanding and appreciation. To wit, the reviews or, better, chronicles contained in The Movies on My Mind are acts of analysis and interpretation in the humanistic senses of those words; they are neither theoretical musings nor pedantic tracts. As such, this book can be considered a call for the return of practical criticism as the best way to understand and appreciate the work of cinematic artists. These include, in the present collection, directors from such countries as France, England, the United States, Austria, Iran, Italy, Israel, Senegal, Afghanistan, Sweden, Finland, Columbia, (post-Soviet) Georgia, Japan, Argentina, South Korea, and Belgium. Contemporary films like The Passion of the Christ, The Pianist, The Hours, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are treated, as well as classics like Winter Light, La Strada, To Be or Not to Be, and How I Won the War. These review-essays themselves are supplemented by a bibliography of related criticism, directors' filmographies, individual film credits, and a thoroughgoing index. There are other books on international, art-house cinema, but there are few that feature the international or global perspective of The Movies on My Mind. It is to other collections of film criticism that this book should be compared, however, since its real strength is critical. And there aren't very many recent books that provide this kind of close analysis of contemporary movies together with a number of classics, and of some important directorial and critical careers as well. The Movies on My Mind thus offers a refreshing, readable alternative to both the facile, stargazing monographs that one can find in any chain bookstore and the arcane academic publications that deal with phenomenology, historiography, the politics of gender, race, and class, and the cognitive dissection of film style and technique.

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