Sacred Profanity: Spirituality at the Movies

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Performing Arts - 342 pages
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This volume follows the evolution of one of the Hollywood's longest running thematic concerns. From the silent era to the present, Sacred Profanity: Spirituality at the Movies examines the rich diversity of films with spiritual themes--films that reflect our own fascination with the divine and supernatural, while evoking the specific times in which they were created.

From Birth of a Nation to Angels and Demons, Sacred Profanity discusses over 180 films with an insightful, movie lover's approach. Coverage encompasses Biblical stories like King of Kings; films about spiritual characters, such as The Nun's Story; foreign masterpieces like The Seventh Seal; movies that incorporate spiritual symbolism, such as Taxi Driver and Cool Hand Luke; horrifying visions of the Satanic like The Exorcist, and controversial works like The Last Temptation of Christ. The book also looks at the history of Hollywood's attempt to maintain moral order through censorship, as well as the growing influence of filmmakers' own spiritual beliefs on the movies we see.

 

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Contents

1 Quoting Scripture for Ones Purpose
1
2 The Changing Face of Jesus
29
3 Members of the Cloth
74
4 Reel Spirits
129
Photo essay
177
5 Real Spirits
178
6 The Symbolic Mode
211
7 Hell Can Wait
259
Notes
299
Bibliography
315
Filmography
321
Index
327
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About the author (2010)

Aubrey Malone is a Dublin-based author. A former teacher, he has been writing books since the mid-1990s.

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