God in the Movies

God in the Movies : A Socialogical Investigation

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The religious imagination is alive and well in the movies. Contrary to those who criticize Hollywood, popular movies often have metaphorically represented God on the screen. From Clint Eastwood as an avenging angel in "Pale Rider" and Nicolas Cage as a love-sick angel in "City of Angels", to Jessica Lange as an angel of death in "All That Jazz", and from George Burns as God in "Oh God!" to Audrey Hepburn in "Always" to pure white light in "Fearless" and "Flatliners", God is very much present in the movies. Images of angels and God used by movie makers are explored here. This volume is an exercise in urban anthropology. Religious imagination is the subject and the movie house is its location. The authors aim to show that the religious imagination is irrepressible, and shows up in our best-known example of popular cultures, movies. Contrary to conservative opinion that suggests that Hollywood is anti-religious, Greeley and Bergeson find just the opposite. Ordinary movies, not explicitly about religion and not made by particularly religious individuals often demonstrate some basic religious theme, point or message.show more

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  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 471.73g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • 0765800209
  • 9780765800206

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-After a divinely inspired preface by critic Roger Ebert, Bergesen (sociology, Univ. of Arizona) and Greeley (social sciences, Univ. of Chicago) exegete popular Hollywood films (e.g., Ghost) and several international works to demonstrate that movies are about something ultimate and important. The authors combine their talents to tease out theological themes and symbols, and each separately examines specific films that image -God,- analyzing what -She- might look like through these celluloid narrative forms... [T]his likeable and affirming therapeutic work recognizes the rich values of story, the problem of evil, divine intervention and disclosure, and grace... Recommended for general readers.- --T. Lindvall, Choice "After a divinely inspired preface by critic Roger Ebert, Bergesen (sociology, Univ. of Arizona) and Greeley (social sciences, Univ. of Chicago) exegete popular Hollywood films (e.g., Ghost) and several international works to demonstrate that movies are about something ultimate and important. The authors combine their talents to tease out theological themes and symbols, and each separately examines specific films that image "God," analyzing what "She" might look like through these celluloid narrative forms... [T]his likeable and affirming therapeutic work recognizes the rich values of story, the problem of evil, divine intervention and disclosure, and grace... Recommended for general readers." --T. Lindvall, Choice "After a divinely inspired preface by critic Roger Ebert, Bergesen (sociology, Univ. of Arizona) and Greeley (social sciences, Univ. of Chicago) exegete popular Hollywood films (e.g., Ghost) and several international works to demonstrate that movies are about something ultimate and important. The authors combine their talents to tease out theological themes and symbols, and each separately examines specific films that image "God," analyzing what "She" might look like through these celluloid narrative forms... [T]his likeable and affirming therapeutic work recognizes the rich values of story, the problem of evil, divine intervention and disclosure, and grace... Recommended for general readers." --T. Lindvall, Choiceshow more

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