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John R. May is professor of English at Louisiana State University and is most recently the author of The Parables of Lina Wertmuller (Paulist Press, 1977) and Film Odyssey: The Art of Film as Search for Meaning (Paulist Press, 1976). Michael S. Bird is associate professor of religious studies at Renison College, University of Waterloo, Canada.


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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (September 30, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087049368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870493683
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 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: #442,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Beale on March 30, 2000
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This collection offers many fascinating, clear, and well-written essays on themes and images of religion in film. The book is organized in three parts, beginning with approaches to religious interpretations of film, moving to genres and cultural trends, and finishing with individual treatment of over a dozen directors, including Chaplin, Hitchcock, Bergman, Truffaut, Coppola. Although the essays on the directors are a bit too terse, each introduces insights that are fertile ground for further speculation. Taken as a whole, the book provides a primer for exploring the relationship between religion and film and will be engaging to film scholars in general and to readers interested in religious interpretations in particular. And though aimed at an academic audience, the writing is neither so dull nor obscure as to dissuade the casual reader.
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