Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film: Essays on Belief, Spectacle, Ritual and Imagery

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Regina Hansen
McFarland, Aug 31, 2011 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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The intersection of religious practice and theatricality has long been a subject of interest to scholars. This collection of twenty-two critical essays addresses the relationship between Roman Catholicism and films of the fantastic, which includes the genres of fantasy, horror, science fiction and the supernatural. The collection covers a range of North American and European films from Dracula and other vampire movies to Miracle at Fatima, The Exorcist, Danny Boyle’s Millions, The Others, Maurice Pialat’s Sous le Soleil de Satan, the movies of Terry Gilliam and George Romero’s zombie series. Collectively, these essays reveal the durability and thematic versality of what the authors term the “Catholic fantastic.”
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Marvelous Catholicism
15
Uncanny Catholicism
95
Ridiculous and Monstrous Catholicism
167
About the Contributors
287
Index
291
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Regina Hansen is a senior lecturer at Boston University College of General Studies. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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