Religion in Contemporary European Cinema

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema

A sense of complex, subterraneous interaction between religious, heterodox, secular and atheistic experiences has thus emerged, which makes the phenomenon all the more fascinating to study, and this is what Religion in Contemporary European ...

Author: Costica Bradatan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317860181

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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The religious landscape in Europe is changing dramatically. While the authority of institutional religion has weakened, a growing number of people now desire individualized religious and spiritual experiences, finding the self-complacency of secularism unfulfilling. The "crisis of religion" is itself a form of religious life. A sense of complex, subterraneous interaction between religious, heterodox, secular and atheistic experiences has thus emerged, which makes the phenomenon all the more fascinating to study, and this is what Religion in Contemporary European Cinema does. The book explores the mutual influences, structural analogies, shared dilemmas, as well as the historical roots of such a "post-secular constellation" as seen through the lens of European cinema. Bringing together scholars from film theory and political science, ethics and philosophy of religion, philosophy of film and theology, this volume casts new light on the relationship between the religious and secular experience after the death of the death of God.
Categories: Religion

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema

2. Bazin, “Cinema and Theology,” 63. 3. Ibid., 64. 4. This is not to say that religious films, or films about religion, disappeared from screens—still less, ...

Author: Costica Bradatan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317860174

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 170

The religious landscape in Europe is changing dramatically. While the authority of institutional religion has weakened, a growing number of people now desire individualized religious and spiritual experiences, finding the self-complacency of secularism unfulfilling. The "crisis of religion" is itself a form of religious life. A sense of complex, subterraneous interaction between religious, heterodox, secular and atheistic experiences has thus emerged, which makes the phenomenon all the more fascinating to study, and this is what Religion in Contemporary European Cinema does. The book explores the mutual influences, structural analogies, shared dilemmas, as well as the historical roots of such a "post-secular constellation" as seen through the lens of European cinema. Bringing together scholars from film theory and political science, ethics and philosophy of religion, philosophy of film and theology, this volume casts new light on the relationship between the religious and secular experience after the death of the death of God.
Categories: Religion

The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity

The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity

This volume provides a coherent critical examination of current issues related to the religious roots of contemporary, i.e. post-1990 European identity.

Author: Lucia Faltin

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826494825

Category: Religion

Page: 229

View: 987

This volume provides a coherent critical examination of current issues related to the religious roots of contemporary, i.e. post-1990 European identity. This book has taken a multi and interdisciplinary approach, analysing the religious roots of Europe's identity today, with a focus on the secular context of religious communities. This will serve the readers to perceive their own identity in a wider context of shared values, reaching beyond a particular faith or non-religious framework.
Categories: Religion

Making Worlds

Making Worlds

In Making Worlds, Claudia Breger argues that contemporary European art house cinema provides ways of thinking about and producing new types of collectivities in response to these political trends.

Author: Claudia Breger

Publisher:

ISBN: 0231185391

Category: Affect (Psychology) in motion pictures

Page:

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"The twenty-first century has seen an intensification of racial violence, religious chauvinism, class division, and the politics of hatred in the West. In Making Worlds, Claudia Breger argues that contemporary European art house cinema provides ways of thinking about and producing new types of collectivities in response to these political trends. In readings of key contemporary European films such as Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre, and Inarritu's Biutiful, Breger examines the ways in which these films produce unexpected and frequently destabilizing affects that invite viewers to imagine new connections among individuals. These films and their depictions of refugees, immigrants, and communities do not simply counter dominant political imaginaries of hate and fear with positive alternatives. Instead, they produce new sensibilities, responses, and affects among viewers that allow them to see the world in new ways"--
Categories: Affect (Psychology) in motion pictures

The Figure of the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema

The Figure of the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema

40 Underscoring the increased prominence of religion in the public and ... 41 Thus, although European cinema claims to be secular, it is suffused with ...

Author: Temenuga Trifonova

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501362491

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The Figure of the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema explores contemporary debates around the concepts of 'Europe' and 'European identity' through an examination of recent European films dealing with various aspects of globalization (the refugee crisis, labour migration, the resurgence of nationalism and ethnic violence, neoliberalism, post-colonialism) with a particular attention to the figure of the migrant and the ways in which this figure challenges us to rethink Europe and its core Enlightenment values (citizenship, justice, ethics, liberty, tolerance, and hospitality) in a post-national context of ephemerality, volatility, and contingency that finds people desperately looking for firmer markers of identity. The book argues that a compelling case can be made for re-orienting the study of contemporary European cinema around the figure of the migrant viewed both as a symbolic figure (representing post-national citizenship, urbanization, the 'gap' between ethics and justice) and as a figure occupying an increasingly central place in European cinema in general rather than only in what is usually called 'migrant and diasporic cinema'. By drawing attention to the structural and affective affinities between the experience of migrants and non-migrants, Europeans and non-Europeans, Trifonova shows that it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate stories about migration from stories about life under neoliberalism in general
Categories: Performing Arts

Screening Religions in Italy

Screening Religions in Italy

The first book-length study to examine religion in contemporary Italian cinema and television fiction, Screening Religions in Italy identifies two key issues: how Italian filmmaking constructs the continuing position of religion in the ...

Author: Clodagh J. Brook

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487503475

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 500

This is the first book-length study to address the question of religion in contemporary Italian cinema and television. It questions why religion persists on Italian screens and how this reflects and constructs Italy's emerging post-secularity.
Categories: History

Iconic Turns

Iconic Turns

The collection also includes reports on the situation of the Jews in several European countries, as well as correspondence and personal letters of such notable individuals as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, George Bell, Hans Schönfeld, Karl Barth, ...

Author: Liliya Berezhnaya

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004250819

Category: History

Page: 270

View: 380

This book contains analyses of the relations between religious and national themes in post-1989 East European cinema. It combines theoretical articles with case studies, bringing together researchers from different national backgrounds and disciplines, like history, literary and film studies.
Categories: History

The Holy Fool in European Cinema

The Holy Fool in European Cinema

This monograph explores the way that the profile and the critical functions of the holy fool have developed in European cinema, allowing this traditional figure to capture the imagination of new generations in an age of religious pluralism ...

Author: Alina G. Birzache

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317310631

Category: Religion

Page: 220

View: 342

This monograph explores the way that the profile and the critical functions of the holy fool have developed in European cinema, allowing this traditional figure to capture the imagination of new generations in an age of religious pluralism and secularization. Alina Birzache traces the cultural origins of the figure of the holy fool across a variety of European traditions. In so doing, she examines the critical functions of the holy fool as well as how filmmakers have used the figure to respond to and critique aspects of the modern world. Using a comparative approach, this study for the first time offers a comprehensive explanation of the enduring appeal of this protean and fascinating cinematic character. Birzache examines the trope of holy foolishness in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, French cinema, and Danish cinema, corresponding broadly to and permitting analysis of the three main orientations in European Christianity: Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. This study will be of keen interest to scholars of religion and film, European cinema, and comparative religion.
Categories: Religion

The Holy Fool in European Cinema

The Holy Fool in European Cinema

... Superhero Comics, and Cinema The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre Anthony R. Mills 3 Religion in Contemporary European Cinema The ...

Author: Alina G. Birzache

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317310624

Category: Religion

Page: 220

View: 690

This monograph explores the way that the profile and the critical functions of the holy fool have developed in European cinema, allowing this traditional figure to capture the imagination of new generations in an age of religious pluralism and secularization. Alina Birzache traces the cultural origins of the figure of the holy fool across a variety of European traditions. In so doing, she examines the critical functions of the holy fool as well as how filmmakers have used the figure to respond to and critique aspects of the modern world. Using a comparative approach, this study for the first time offers a comprehensive explanation of the enduring appeal of this protean and fascinating cinematic character. Birzache examines the trope of holy foolishness in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, French cinema, and Danish cinema, corresponding broadly to and permitting analysis of the three main orientations in European Christianity: Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. This study will be of keen interest to scholars of religion and film, European cinema, and comparative religion.
Categories: Religion

Religious Narratives in Contemporary Culture

Religious Narratives in Contemporary Culture

There are also a number of volumes on media, cinema and religion, ... Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation (Routledge, ...

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004453821

Category: Art

Page: 232

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Religious Narratives in Contemporary Culture: Between Cultural Memory and Transmediality analyzes the presence and function of traces of religious narratives in contemporary western culture, from the perspective of cultural memory studies and the transmedial study of narrative and art.
Categories: Art

Democracy Law and Religious Pluralism in Europe

Democracy  Law and Religious Pluralism in Europe

The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics. ... Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: the Postnational Constellation.

Author: Ferran Requejo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317637271

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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In contrast with the progressive dilution of religions predicted by traditional liberal and Marxist approaches, religions remain important for many people, even in Europe, the most secularised continent. In the context of increasingly culturally diverse societies, this calls for a reinterpretation of the secular legacy of the Enlightenment and also for an updating of democratic institutions. This book focuses on a central question: are the classical secularist arrangements well equipped to tackle the challenge of fast-growing religious pluralism? Or should we move to new post-secular arrangements when dealing with pluralism in Europe? Offering an interdisciplinary approach that combines political theory and legal analysis, the authors tackle two interrelated facets of this controversial question. They begin by exploring the theoretical perspective, asking what post-secularism is and looking at its relation to secularism. The practical consequences of this debate are then examined, focusing on case-law through four empirical case studies. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political theory, philosophy, religion and politics, European law, human rights, legal theory and socio-legal studies.
Categories: Political Science

Far Flung Families in Film The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema

Far Flung Families in Film  The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema

The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema Daniela Berghahn ... The Maghrebi French counterpart, Bad Faith, featuring the Jewish Clara and her ...

Author: Daniela Berghahn

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748677856

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Why have films with diasporic family narratives increased in popularity in recent years? How do representations of the diasporic family differ from those of more dominant social groups? How does diasporic cinema negotiate the conventions of film genres commonly associated with the representation of the family? In the age of globalisation, diasporic and other types of transnational family are increasingly represented in films such as East is East, Le Grand Voyage, Almanya - Welcome to Germany, Immigrant Memories, Couscous, When We Leave, Monsoon Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. While there is a significant body of scholarship on the representation of the family in Hollywood cinema, this is the first book to analyse the depiction of Black and Asian British, Maghrebi French and Turkish German families from a comparative transnational perspective. Drawing on critical concepts from diaspora studies, anthropology, socio-historical research on diasporic families and the burgeoning field of transnational film studies, this book is an essential read for Film Studies scholars and students who are researching families and issues of race and ethnicity in cinema, the media and visual culture.
Categories: Performing Arts

Fatih Akin s Cinema and the New Sound of Europe

Fatih Akin s Cinema and the New Sound of Europe

In Fatih Akın's Cinema and the New Sound of Europe, Berna Gueneli explores the transnational works of acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker and auteur Fatih Akın.

Author: Berna Gueneli

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253037916

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

View: 404

In Fatih Akın's Cinema and the New Sound of Europe, Berna Gueneli explores the transnational works of acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker and auteur Fatih Akın. The first minority director in Germany to receive numerous national and international awards, Akın makes films that are informed by Europe's past, provide cinematic imaginations about its present and future, and engage with public discourses on minorities and migration in Europe through his treatment and representation of a diverse, multiethnic, and multilingual European citizenry. Through detailed analyses of some of Akın's key works— In July, Head-On, and The Edge of Heaven, among others—Gueneli identifies Akın's unique stylistic use of multivalent sonic and visual components and multinational characters. She argues that the soundscapes of Akın's films—including music and multiple languages, dialects, and accents—create an "aesthetic of heterogeneity" that envisions an expanded and integrated Europe and highlights the political nature of Akın's decisions regarding casting, settings, and audio. At a time when belonging and identity in Europe is complicated by questions of race, ethnicity, religion, and citizenship, Gueneli demonstrates how Akın's aesthetics intersect with politics to reshape notions of Europe, European cinema, and cinematic history.
Categories: Performing Arts

Religion and Film

Religion and Film

Cinema and the Re-creation of the World S. Brent Plate ... Group's BlockBuster Movie Illustrations. ... Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: ...

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Transnational Cinema and Ideology

Transnational Cinema and Ideology

This book is positioned within the emerging field of transnational cinema, and offers a groundbreaking study of the relationship between transnational cinema and ideology.

Author: Milja Radovic

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135013219

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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Increasingly, as the production, distribution and audience of films cross national boundaries, film scholars have begun to think in terms of ‘transnational’ rather than national cinema. This book is positioned within the emerging field of transnational cinema, and offers a groundbreaking study of the relationship between transnational cinema and ideology. The book focuses in particular on the complex ways in which religion, identity and cultural myths interact in specific cinematic representations of ideology. Author Milja Radovic approaches the selected films as national, regional products, and then moves on to comparative analysis and discussion of their transnational aspects. This book also addresses the question of whether transnationalism reinforces the nation or not; one of the possible answers to this question may be given through the exploration of the cinema of national states and its transnational aspects. Radovic illustrates the ways in which these issues, represented and framed by films, are transmitted beyond their nation-state borders and local ideologies in which they originated – and questions whether therefore one can have an understanding of transnational cinema as a platform for political dialogue.
Categories: Religion

Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema

Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema

... Superhero Comics, and Cinema The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre Anthony R. Mills 3 Religion in Contemporary European Cinema The ...

Author: Sean Desilets

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317354703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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This book revisits the tradition of Western religious cinema in light of scholarship on St. Paul’s political theology. The book’s subtitle derives from the account in the Book of Acts that St. Paul was temporarily blinded in the wake of his conversion on the road to Damascus. In imitation of Paul, the films on which Sean Desilets’s analysis hinges (including those of Carl-Th. Dreyer, Robert Bresson, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Carlos Reygadas) place a god-blind mechanism, the camera, between themselves and the divine. Desilets calls the posture they adopt "hermeneutic humility": hermeneutic in that it interprets the world, but humble in that it pays particular—even obsessive—attention to its own limits. Though these films may not consciously reflect Pauline theology, Desilets argues that they participate in a messianic-hermeneutic tradition that runs from Paul through St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, Karl Barth, and Walter Benjamin, and which contributes significantly to contemporary discussions in poststructuralist literary theory, political theology, and religious studies. Desilets’s insightful explication of Jean-Luc Nancy’s deconstruction of Christianity and Georgio Agamben’s recent work on religion makes a substantial contribution to film philosophy and emerging critical trends in the study of religion and film. This book puts forward a nuanced theoretical framework that will be useful for film scholars, students of contemporary political theology, and scholars interested in the intersections of religion and media.
Categories: Performing Arts

Art Religion and Resistance in Post Communist Romania

Art  Religion and Resistance in  Post  Communist Romania

Alina Birzache, “Casting Fire onto the Earth: The Holy Fool in Russian Cinema,” in Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation, ...

Author: Maria Alina Asavei

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030562557

Category: History

Page: 309

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This book illuminates the interconnections between politics and religion through the lens of artistic production, exploring how art inspired by religion functioned as a form of resistance, directed against both Romanian national communism (1960-1989) and, latterly, consumerist society and its global market. It investigates the critical, tactical and subversive employments of religious motifs and themes in contemporary art pieces that confront the religious ‘affair’ in post-communist Romania. In doing so, it addresses a key gap in previous scholarship, which has paid little attention to the relationship between religious art and political resistance in communist Central and South-East Europe.
Categories: History

Contemporary European Cinema

Contemporary European Cinema

Polish cinema has had a conflicted relationship with Holocaust ... just look at some stories that connect to our faith in utopias, religions, our tribes, ...

Author: Betty Kaklamanidou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351347068

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 941

This book offers a range of accounts of the state of "European Cinema" in a specific sociopolitical era: that of the global economic crisis that began in 2008 and the more recent refugee and humanitarian crisis. With the recession having become a popular theme of economic, demographic, and sociological research in recent years, this volume examines representations of the crisis and its attendant market instability and mistrust of neoliberal political systems in film. It thus sheds light on the mediation, reimagination, and reformulation of recent history in the depiction of personal, cultural, and political memories, and raises new questions about crisis narratives in European film, asking whether the theoretical notion of "national" cinema is less or more powerful during moments of sociopolitical turbulence, and investigating the kinds of cultural representations and themes that characterize the narratives of European documentary and fictional films from both small and large national markets.
Categories: Social Science

Politics of Contemporary European Cinema

Politics of Contemporary European Cinema

The religious conflict at the centre of the film is certainly unusual, not only for the heritage film but for British cinema generally.

Author: Mike Wayne

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841508221

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 157

View: 204

How does contemporary European Cinema reflect the drive for political and economic integration and recent trends in globalisation, if at all? This book is a valuable excursion into the politics of European cinema and extensively addresses questions like this. Mike Wayne identifies some key themes pertinent to a study of the contemporary cultural and political dynamics of European cinema from the mid1980's, including the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the Soviet Empire.
Categories: Business & Economics

A Dictionary of Film Studies

A Dictionary of Film Studies

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation (2014). Caruana, John and Cauchi, Mark Immanent Frames: Postsecular Cinema between ...

Author: Annette Kuhn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192568045

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 576

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A Dictionary of Film Studies covers all aspects of its discipline as it is currently taught at undergraduate level. Offering exhaustive and authoritative coverage, this A-Z is written by experts in the field, and covers terms, concepts, debates, and movements in film theory and criticism; national, international, and transnational cinemas; film history, movements, and genres; film industry organizations and practices; and key technical terms and concepts. Since its first publication in 2012, the dictionary has been updated to incorporate over 40 new entries, including computer games and film, disability, ecocinema, identity, portmanteau film, Practice as Research, and film in Vietnam. Moreover, numerous revisions have been made to existing entries to account for developments in the discipline, and changes to film institutions more generally. Indices of films and filmmakers mentioned in the text are included for easy access to relevant entries. The dictionary also has 13 feature articles on popular topics and terms, revised and informative bibliographies for most entries, and more than 100 web links to supplement the text.
Categories: Performing Arts