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Celluloid Saints: Images of Sanctity in Film

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Celluloid Saints looks at fundamental issues in the lives of saints and explores them in ways that are complex and nuanced, yet accessible. Topics such as martyrdom, miracles, evangelism, asceticism, saints in the Holocaust, and saintly mental illness have found diverse treatments in film. This book examines that diversity and explains some of the reasons for it.The book is written with two goals in mind. The first is to give film viewers some background and context for evaluating what they see on screen. By and large, Hollywood is not conversant with theological issues; occasionally, movies reveal an appalling ignorance about religion. More often, however, the approach movies take is simply flat-footed and unsophisticated. Giving readers the tools they need to interpret and critique cinematic portrayals of sanctity is one goal of this book.The second goal is to show students of theology how the ideas that they encounter in often highly technical language might play themselves out on the big screen. Any worthy theology begins in human experience. If a theology cannot be translated into the language of events and emotions, dreams and love, despair and fulfillment, then it has lost its way. Revelation is always revelation to someone. To be meaningful, it has to be able to render itself in a language that people understand. Film is one such language. Used wisely and intelligently, it can be a powerful tool for expressing theological insights.

Table of Contents

What is a saint? — Celluloid saints — Holy blood — Ascetics and mystics — Make disciples of all nations — The miracle worker — Blessed are the poor — Saints and Auschwitz — Hail Mary — Saint or psychotic?.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122305297
Subtitle:
Images of Sanctity in Film
Publisher:
Mercer University Press
Author:
Theresa Sanders
Author:
Sanders, Theresa
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - Pop Culture Issues
Subject:
Religion in motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Christian Life - Pop Culture Issues
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
237

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Reference
Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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