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Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World (Short Cuts) Paperback – March 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1905674695 ISBN-10: 1905674694

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Product Details

  • Series: Short Cuts
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905674694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905674695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[An] excellent little volume.

(Journal of Religion)


Spiritual questions are still anathema to most film theorists. On the other hand, most religious scholars who dabble in cinema have treated it illustratively and shown a blunt insensitivity to the specifics of film form. This book is truly exemplary in the cogent and creative way it builds a bridge between these two alienated intellectual worlds. The author's unfailingly perceptive mise-en-scène analysis discovers the visual mythologizing at work in an eclectic filmography ranging from George Lucas to Dziga Vertov and Stan Brakhage. At the same time, he remains critically aware of politics and ideology, attempting a more inclusive definition of religion that goes beyond the dogmatic and the doctrinal. A wonderfully syncretic study that offers an amazing bricolage of ideas.

(Peter Matthews, University of the Arts London)

More About the Author

Plate is interested in the relations between sensuality and spirituality. That is, how sense perceptions affect ways of being religious, and how religious traditions change our ways of perceiving the world around us. He has authored and edited twelve books and writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, The Revealer, Killing the Buddha, and other sites. He is the co-founder and managing editor of "Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief," co-founder and president of SCRIPT (Society for Comparative Research in Iconic and Performative Texts), and serves on several advisory boards. His most recent book is "A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to its Senses." Having taught at the University of Vermont and Texas Christian University, he is currently visiting associate professor at Hamilton College.

Plate prefers spirals to circles, harmony to melody, savory to sweet, and was born in the year of the Fire Horse.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marco De Biasio on May 28, 2010
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The explanations offered in this important book about the thematic
relationships between Religion and Cinema concern how both these conceptual fields can lead to some transcendental truths.
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