[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)