9780765805287

God in the Movies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780765805287

  • ISBN10:

    0765805286

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2003-08-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The religious imagination is alive and well in the movies. Contrary to those who criticize Hollywood, popular movies very often have metaphorically represented God on the screen. From Clint Eastwood as an avenging angel in Pale Rider and Nicolas Cage as a lovesick 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.

Table of Contents

Preface Roger Ebert vii
Introduction 1(4)
God in the Movies
5(10)
Movies as Story and Metaphor
15(12)
Always a Lover: Audrey Hepburn as Lady Wisdom
27(12)
Life, Love, and All That Jazz: Jessica Lange and the Passion of God
39(10)
Babette's Feast of Love: Symbols Subtle but Patent
49(6)
Is This Heaven? No, It's Iowa
55(16)
Pale Rider
71(8)
Ghost
79(8)
Flatliners: Forgiveness Stronger than Death
87(10)
Jacob's Ladder: God in the Nightmare
97(10)
Angel Angst and the Direction of Desire
107(12)
A Note on Purgatory in the Movies
119(6)
How to Put God in a Movie
125(12)
Magical Realism and the Problem of Evil
137(20)
European Novel, American Movie, Japanimation: The Evolution of Storytelling
157(16)
Conclusion
173(6)
Index 179

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