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Catching Light

Looking For God In The Movies

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This edition published in by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in Grand Rapids, Mich..

Written in English

402 pages

Films have come to not only entertain modern minds but also inform and shape them. Many of the best cinematic works have profound religious elements -- some obvious, some more subtle. In Catching Light Roy Anker examines nineteen popular films, showing how they convey a range of striking perspectives on the human encounter with God. These selected films portray God showing up in different, surprising ways amid the messy circumstances of life. Anker looks closely at the plot of each film, especially at how characters, through their experiences, ultimately move "toward Light," toward recognition of a loving, redemptive deity. The first section of Catching Light looks at classic 1970s films that inspect personal, social, and cultural evil: The Godfather trilogy, Chinatown, and The Deer Hunter. The second group of films depicts the ways and depths of specifically Christian notions of redemption: Tender Mercies, The Mission, Places in the Heart, and Babette's Feast. Some of the most successful films of our time have come as fairy-tale fantasies: the Star Wars saga, Superman, and three of Steven Spielberg's "lost boy" stories (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), each of which Anker interprets as a fable of search and redemption. The films in the last section of the book feature characters who, to their great surprise, are ambushed by a wholly unexpected God: Grand Canyon, American Beauty, and Three Colors: Blue. In addition to focusing on the theological dimension of each film, Anker comments on its merits both as story and as cinema. Also included are sidebars that discuss each film's history and significance as well as the quality and special features of DVD editions. For anyone interested in the intersection of religion, art, and culture, Catching Light offers a unique view of contemporary faith. - Publisher.

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Catching Light: Looking For God In The Movies
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First Sentence

"This first section examines tales of darkness, films that depict a thirsting world that craves the breaking of Light."

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Films have come to not only entertain modern minds but also inform and shape them. Many of the best cinematic works have profound religious elements -- some obvious, some more subtle. In Catching Light Roy Anker examines nineteen popular films, showing how they convey a range of striking perspectives on the human encounter with God. These selected films portray God showing up in different, surprising ways amid the messy circumstances of life. Anker looks closely at the plot of each film, especially at how characters, through their experiences, ultimately move "toward Light," toward recognition of a loving, redemptive deity. The first section of Catching Light looks at classic 1970s films that inspect personal, social, and cultural evil: The Godfather trilogy, Chinatown, and The Deer Hunter. The second group of films depicts the ways and depths of specifically Christian notions of redemption: Tender Mercies, The Mission, Places in the Heart, and Babette's Feast. Some of the most successful films of our time have come as fairy-tale fantasies: the Star Wars saga, Superman, and three of Steven Spielberg's "lost boy" stories (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), each of which Anker interprets as a fable of search and redemption. The films in the last section of the book feature characters who, to their great surprise, are ambushed by a wholly unexpected God: Grand Canyon, American Beauty, and Three Colors: Blue. In addition to focusing on the theological dimension of each film, Anker comments on its merits both as story and as cinema. Also included are sidebars that discuss each film's history and significance as well as the quality and special features of DVD editions. For anyone interested in the intersection of religion, art, and culture, Catching Light offers a unique view of contemporary faith. - Publisher.

First Sentence

"This first section examines tales of darkness, films that depict a thirsting world that craves the breaking of Light."

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part one : Darkness visible.
Utterly lost : Michael Corleone's descent in The Godfather saga
"The design of darkness to appall" : metaphysical evil in Chinatown
"Just come home" : violence and redemption in The deer hunter
Part two : Light shines in the darkness.
"The wings of a dove" : the search for home in Tender mercies
The place beyond words : image and meaning in Places in the heart
The laughter beyond tears : love's redemptive call in The mission
"In the regions of the heart" : the meeting of art and belief in Babette's feast
Part three : Fables of light.
Tracking the force : meaning and morality in the Star wars saga
The super-man : displaying the incarnation in Superman
"Earth's the place for love" : the lost boy's search for home in three Steven Spielberg movies
Part four : Found.
Of angels and headaches : the unexpected god of Grand Canyon
The war of the roses : meaning and epiphany in American beauty
The sound of the color of love : the construction of meaning in Kieslowski's Three colors: blue

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
402
Dimensions
9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
Weight
9.6 ounces

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OL7903499M
Internet Archive
catchinglight00roym
ISBN 10
0802827950
ISBN 13
9780802827951
Library Thing
38063
Goodreads
851952

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