Religion and Film

Religion and Film

In addition to two new chapters, this edition has been restructured into three distinct sections that offer students and instructors theories and methods for thinking about cinema in ways that more fully connect film studies with religious ...

Author: S. B. Plate

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231545792

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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Religion and cinema share a capacity for world making, ritualizing, mythologizing, and creating sacred time and space. Through cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, and other production activities, film takes the world “out there” and refashions it. Religion achieves similar ends by setting apart particular objects and periods of time, telling stories, and gathering people together for communal actions and concentrated focus. The result of both cinema and religious practice is a re-created world: a world of fantasy, a world of ideology, a world we long to live in, or a world we wish to avoid at all costs. Religion and Film introduces readers to both religious studies and film studies by focusing on the formal similarities between cinema and religious practices and on the ways they each re-create the world. Explorations of film show how the cinematic experience relies on similar aesthetic devices on which religious rituals have long relied: sight, sound, the taste of food, the body, and communal experience. Meanwhile, a deeper understanding of the aesthetic nature of religious rituals can alter our understanding of film production. Utilizing terminology and theoretical insights from the study of religion as well as the study of film, Religion and Film shows that by paying attention to the ways films are constructed, we can shed new light on the ways religious myths and rituals are constructed and vice versa. This thoroughly revised and expanded new edition is designed to appeal to the needs of courses in religion as well as film departments. In addition to two new chapters, this edition has been restructured into three distinct sections that offer students and instructors theories and methods for thinking about cinema in ways that more fully connect film studies with religious studies.
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The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

This definitive book provides an accessible resource to this emerging field and is an indispensable guide to religion and film for students of Religion, Film Studies, and beyond.

Author: John Lyden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135220655

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 520

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The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film brings together a lively and experienced team of contributors to introduce students to the key topics in religion and film and to investigate the ways in which the exciting subject of religion and film is developing for more experienced scholars. Divided into four parts, the Companion: analyzes the history of the interaction of religion and film, through periods of censorship as well as appreciation of the medium studies religion-in-film, examining how the world’s major religions, as well as Postcolonial, Japanese and New Religions, are depicted by and within films uses diverse methodologies to explore religion and film, such as psychoanalytical, theological and feminist approaches, and audience reception analyzes religious themes in film, including Redemption, the Demonic, Jesus or Christ Figures, Heroes and Superheroes considers films as diverse as The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix, Star Wars and Groundhog Day. This definitive book provides an accessible resource to this emerging field and is an indispensable guide to religion and film for students of Religion, Film Studies, and beyond.
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Teaching Religion and Film

Teaching Religion and Film

religion criticism is organized. Theological criticism places the interpretation of film in the context of traditional religious and theological categories and terms; mythological criticism tends to understand the religious functioning ...

Author: Gregory J Watkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199714584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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In a culture increasingly focused on visual media, students have learned not only to embrace multimedia presentations in the classroom, but to expect them. Such expectations are perhaps more prevalent in a field as dynamic and cross-disciplinary as religious studies, but the practice nevertheless poses some difficult educational issues -- the use of movies in academic coursework has far outpaced the scholarship on teaching religion and film. What does it mean to utilize film in religious studies, and what are the best ways to do it? In Teaching Religion and Film, an interdisciplinary team of scholars thinks about the theoretical and pedagogical concerns involved with the intersection of film and religion in the classroom. They examine the use of film to teach specific religious traditions, religious theories, and perspectives on fundamental human values. Some instructors already teach some version of a film-and-religion course, and many have integrated film as an ancillary to achieving central course goals. This collection of essays helps them understand the field better and draws the sharp distinction between merely "watching movies" in the classroom and comprehending film in an informed and critical way.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Encyclopedia of Religion and Film

Encyclopedia of Religion and Film

Lyden's notion of film as religion falls short when popular films are compared to established religious traditions, traditions that have developed in the conscious attempt to define ethics and seek meaning. Although the fan culture ...

Author: Eric Michael Mazur

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313330728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 644

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Presents alphabetically arranged reference entries on religion and its role in modern film, covering such topics as religious themes, symbols, well-known films that deal with religious topics, and noted directors.
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Religion and Film

Religion and Film

“Rethinking the 'Genuinely' Religious Film: A Brief Introduction to The Sacred and the Cinema.” Communication Research Trends 32 (3): 21–27. Neale, Steve. 2000. Genre and Hollywood. London: Routledge. Nolan, Steve. 2005.

Author: Stefanie Knauss

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004426764

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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This critical overview of the field of film and religion distinguishes three complementary approaches: the study of film as text, the investigation of how film affect audiencs, and the consideration of film and religion as agents in cultural processes. The overview concludes with a reflection on theories and methodologies of the field and some possibilities for future development.
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Religion and Film The Basics

Religion and Film  The Basics

Jeanette Reedy Solano. field until 2010 here. The present and future of the field of religion and film will be discussed in the concluding Chapter 6. Let us now turn to the structure of this text.

Author: Jeanette Reedy Solano

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429639708

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Religion and Film: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the history, diverse approaches, and ideas associated within the study of religion and film. Referencing films from around the world from the early 20th century to the present day, this unique introduction includes the following topics: the history and dynamics of religion and film various methods to approach religion and film the evolution of religion and film scholarship film genre and theory world religions and film unique themes—from race and gender roles to karma and redemption A fascinating range of films are discussed, from early silent films such as Hypocrites to recent releases such as Minari. Five genres are explored, including horror in The Wicker Man (UK) and Let the Right One In (Sweden), and world religions are analyzed in films such as OMG, The Big Lebowski, and Malcolm X. Tropes examined include gender in Water, karma in It’s a Wonderful Life, death in Biutiful, redemption in Magnolia, and evil in Get Out. With helpful features including recommendations for further study and key films to view, this book is an ideal starting point for students approaching religion and film for the first time as well as those interested in learning more about the field while broadening their methods, knowledge of film, and their film canon.
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The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film

The Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film

The Cider House Rules has been identified as a movie about hope, but it might be seen equally as an example of yearning, or an example of love. ... Religion,. Spirituality. and. Film. What does all of this mean for religion and film?

Author: William L. Blizek

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441138781

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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Originally published as the The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film, this Companion offers the definitive guide to study in this growing area. Now available in paperback, the Bloomsbury Companion to Religion and Film covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Twenty-nine specifically commissioned essays from a team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the field and provide a map of this evolving research area. Featuring chapters on methodology, religions of the world, and popular religious themes, as well as an extensive bibliography and filmography, this is the essential tool for anyone with an interest in the intersection between religion and film.
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Representing Religion in Film

Representing Religion in Film

The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film. New York: Bloomsbury. Browne, Nick (2009). “The Spectator-in-the-Text: The Rhetoric of Stagecoach.” In L. Braudy and M. Cohen (eds.), Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings, ...

Author: Tenzan Eaghll

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350140837

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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This is the first full-length exploration of the relationship between religion, film, and ideology. It shows how religion is imagined, constructed, and interpreted in film and film criticism. The films analyzed include The Last Jedi, Terminator, Cloud Atlas, Darjeeling Limited, Hellboy, The Revenant, Religulous, and The Secret of my Success. Each chapter offers: - an explanation of the particular representation of religion that appears in film - a discussion of how this representation has been interpreted in film criticism and religious studies scholarship - an in-depth study of a Hollywood or popular film to highlight the rhetorical, social, and political functions this representation accomplishes on the silver screen - a discussion about how such analysis might be applied to other films of a similar genre Written in an accessible style, and focusing on Hollywood and popular cinema, this book will be of interest to both movie lovers and experts alike.
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Teaching Religion and Film

Teaching Religion and Film

This text thinks about the theoretical and pedagogical concerns involved with the intersection of film and religion in the classroom.

Author: Gregory J Watkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195335989

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 309

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In a culture increasingly focused on visual media, students have learned not only to embrace multimedia presentations in the classroom, but to expect them. This text thinks about the theoretical and pedagogical concerns involved with the intersection of film and religion in the classroom.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Religion and Film Reader

The Religion and Film Reader

This volume explores key topics including, early responses to film, directors, films and audiences, cultural and social contexts, biblical connections, theological approaches and religious studies perspectives, amongst others.

Author: Jolyon P. Mitchell

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015073654108

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 470

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Film is now widely studied in theology and religious studies departments. This volume explores key topics including, early responses to film, directors, films and audiences, cultural and social contexts, biblical connections, theological approaches and religious studies perspectives, amongst others.
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