Cinema, Religion, and the Romantic Legacy

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Ashgate Pub., 2003 - Performing Arts - 217 pages
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Cinema, Religion and the Romantic Legacy surveys the ways in which notions of religion and spirituality have impinged upon the cinema. Cinema is conceived as a post-Romantic form for which religion and spirituality can be unified only problematically. While inspecting many of the well-established themes and topoi of writing on religion and film (such as films about priests and 'Christ-figures') it also seeks to problematize them, focusing primarily upon the issues of religious representation foregrounded by such European directors as Kieslowski and Godard. Coates draws on theories of theologians, philosophers and cultural and literary critics including: Otto, Kant, Schiller and Girard.
Addressing the relationship between religion and spirituality from a film studies specialist's perspective, this book offers all those concerned with film, media or religious studies an invaluable examination of artistic interaction with the theological and aesthetic issues of representation and representability.

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Paul Coates is reader and director of the film studies department at the University of Aberdeen. His books include, "The Story of the Lost Reflection: The Alienation of the Image in Western and Polish Cinema" (1985) and "Lucid Dreams: the Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski" (1999).

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