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Routledge Studies in Religion and Film

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Transcendence and Spirituality in Japanese Cinema Framing Sacred Spaces

Transcendence and Spirituality in Japanese Cinema: Framing Sacred Spaces

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By Melissa M. Croteau
October 14, 2022

This book explores significant representations of Shinto and Buddhist sacred space, spiritual symbols, and religious concepts that are embedded in the secular framework of Japanese films aimed at general audiences in Japan and globally. These cinematic masterpieces by directors Akira Kurosawa, ...

The Dardenne Brothers’ Cinematic Parables Integrating Theology, Philosophy, and Film

The Dardenne Brothers’ Cinematic Parables: Integrating Theology, Philosophy, and Film

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By Joel Mayward
September 30, 2022

The Dardenne Brothers’ Cinematic Parables examines the work of Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who have been celebrated for their powerfully affecting social realist films. Though the Dardenne brothers’ films rarely mention religion or God, they have received wide recognition for ...

Film and Redemption From Brokenness to Wholeness

Film and Redemption: From Brokenness to Wholeness

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By David Rankin
July 22, 2022

This book explores the representation of the idea or theme of redemption in contemporary, popular film. The discussion focuses primarily on the work of three directors – Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Kore-eda Hirokazu – but also considers a few films from other directorial hands. David Rankin...

Transcendence and Spirituality in Chinese Cinema A Theological Exploration

Transcendence and Spirituality in Chinese Cinema: A Theological Exploration

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By Kris H.K Chong
April 29, 2022

This book provides a framework by which a global audience might think theologically about contemporary films produced in mainland China by Chinese directors. Up to this point the academic discipline of Christian theology and film has focussed predominantly on Western cinema, and as a result, has ...

Lars von Trier's Cinema Excess, Evil, and the Prophetic Voice

Lars von Trier's Cinema: Excess, Evil, and the Prophetic Voice

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By Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran
November 12, 2021

This book offers a bold and dynamic examination of Lars von Trier’s cinema by interweaving philosophy and theology with close attention to aesthetics through style and narrative. It explores the prophetic voice of von Trier's films, juxtaposing them with Ezekiel's prophecy and Ricoeur’s symbols of ...

New Approaches to Islam in Film

New Approaches to Islam in Film

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Edited By Kristian Petersen
April 27, 2021

Many global film industries fail in expanding the role of Muslims on screen. Too often they produce a dichotomy between "good" and "bad" Muslims, limiting the narrative domain to issues of national security, war, and terrorism. Naturally, much of the previous scholarship on Muslims in film focused ...

Film and the Afterlife

Film and the Afterlife

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By David Rankin
July 18, 2019

This book explores how post-death existence is represented in popular film, looking at issues such as continuity, personal identity, and the nature of existence beyond the grave. Film often returns to the theme of dying, death and the afterlife, both directly and indirectly, because there are very ...

Transnational Cinema and Ideology Representing Religion, Identity and Cultural Myths

Transnational Cinema and Ideology: Representing Religion, Identity and Cultural Myths

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By Milja Radovic
February 12, 2018

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 ...

American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre

American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema: The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre

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By Anthony Mills
February 05, 2018

Stan Lee, who was the head writer of Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, co-created such popular heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and Daredevil. This book traces the ways in which American theologians and comic books of the era were not only both saying ...

Noah as Antihero Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge

Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge

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Edited By Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, Jon Morgan
May 10, 2017

This collection of essays by biblical scholars is the first book-length treatment of the 2014 film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film has proved to be of great interest to scholars working on the interface between the Bible and popular culture, not only because it was heralded as the ...

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema The Postsecular Constellation

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation

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Edited By Costica Bradatan, Camil Ungureanu
April 27, 2017

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 ...

Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick

Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick

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Edited By Christopher B. Barnett, Clark J. Elliston
September 01, 2016

Terrence Malick is one of the most important and controversial filmmakers of the last few decades. Yet his renown does not stem from box office receipts, but rather from his inimitable cinematic vision that mixes luminous shots of nature, dreamlike voiceovers, and plots centered on enduring ...

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