Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World
- Author: S. Brent Plate
- Year: 2009
- Publisher: Wallflower Press
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Religions and films both operate by recreating the known world and then presenting that alternative version to their viewers/worshippers. This book brings together religious studies and film studies, asking how the world on film affects religious attitudes, and how millennia-old myths and rituals alter the ways films are made, viewed and interpreted.
Review by Daniel S. Cutrara
“With Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re Creation of the World, Brent Plate breaks new ground in the field of religion and film studies, and makes an invaluable contribution to the study of religion’s reception. In this monograph, Plate utilizes analogy to argue that religion and film are like one another, and that they con struct their narratives in similar ways. He employs anthropologist Clifford Geertz’s definition of religion, and although the definition is con tested in other contexts for its emphasis on meaning making, for the specific purposes of Plate’s comparative analysis such a definition is a valuable tool…”