Film Faith and Cultural Conflict

Fresh insights reopen the debate surrounding Scorsese's 1988 film, the surrounding controversy, and its volatile reception.


Author: Robin Riley

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275973573

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 148

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Fresh insights reopen the debate surrounding Scorsese's 1988 film, the surrounding controversy, and its volatile reception.

Film Lacan and the Subject of Religion

A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film Analysis Steve Nolan ... Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of ...


Author: Steve Nolan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441116338

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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In their study of religion and film, religious film analysts have tended to privilege religion. Uniquely, this study treats the two disciplines as genuine equals, by regarding both liturgy and film as representational media. Steve Nolan argues that, in each case, subjects identify with a represented 'other' which joins them into a narrative where they become participants in an ideological 'reality'. Finding many current approaches to religious film analysis lacking, Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion explores the film theory other writers ignore, particularly that mix of psychoanalysis, Marxism and semiotics - often termed Screen theory - that attempts to understand how cinematic representation shapes spectator identity. Using translations and commentary on Lacan not originally available to Screen theorists, Nolan returns to Lacan's contribution to psychoanalytic film theory and offers a sustained application to religious practice, examining several 'priest films' and real-life case study to expose the way liturgical representation shapes religious identity. Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion proposes an interpretive strategy by which religious film analysts can develop the kind of analysis that engages with and critiques both cultural and religious practice.

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film

Riley, R. (2003) Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The last Temptation of Christ, Westport, CT: praeger publishers.


Author: John Lyden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135220662

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 520

View: 115

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film brings together a lively and experienced team of contributors to introduce students to the key topics in religion and film and to investigate the ways in which the exciting subject of religion and film is developing for more experienced scholars. Divided into four parts, the Companion: analyzes the history of the interaction of religion and film, through periods of censorship as well as appreciation of the medium studies religion-in-film, examining how the world’s major religions, as well as Postcolonial, Japanese and New Religions, are depicted by and within films uses diverse methodologies to explore religion and film, such as psychoanalytical, theological and feminist approaches, and audience reception analyzes religious themes in film, including Redemption, the Demonic, Jesus or Christ Figures, Heroes and Superheroes considers films as diverse as The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix, Star Wars and Groundhog Day. This definitive book provides an accessible resource to this emerging field and is an indispensable guide to religion and film for students of Religion, Film Studies, and beyond.

Reframing Theology and Film Cultural Exegesis

he notes the diverse and conflicted religious perspectives among Christian groups. ... (or pseudoevent) in Robin Riley's Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict, ...


Author: Robert K. Johnston

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441201726

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 396

The connection between theology and film is a hot topic in the academy and the church. But research and writing on methodology and hermeneutics is lacking. This comprehensive collection identifies the overlooked or undervalued areas in the current discussions of film and theology. Including contributions from the leaders in the field, Reframing Theology and Film helps deepen the conversation while bringing it to a new level of prominence. Professors and students of theology and film, libraries, pastors, and film buffs will benefit from this much-needed resource.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Film

Donna Bowman See also: Bible Films; Jesus; The Passion of the Christ ... Film Faith and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation ...


Author: Eric Michael Mazur

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313330728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 644

View: 469

Presents alphabetically arranged reference entries on religion and its role in modern film, covering such topics as religious themes, symbols, well-known films that deal with religious topics, and noted directors.

The Modern Theologians

Screening the Sacred:Religion, Myth and Ideology in Popular American Film ... R. Riley, Film, Faith and Cultural Conflict: TheCase of Martin Scorsese's The ...


Author: David F. Ford

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118834961

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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This popular text has been updated to ensure that it continues to provide a current and comprehensive overview of the main Christian theologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Each chapter is written by a leading theologian and gives a clear picture of a particular movement, topic or individual. New and updated treatments of topics covered in earlier editions, with over half the chapters new to this edition or revised by new authors. New section singling out six classic theologians of the twentieth century. Expanded treatment of the natural sciences, gender, Roman Catholic theology since Vatican II, and African, Asian and Evangelical theologies. Completely new chapters on spirituality, pastoral theology, philosophical theology, postcolonial biblical interpretation, Pentecostal theology, Islam and Christian theology, Buddhism and Christian theology, and theology and film. As in previous editions, the text opens with a full introduction to modern theology. Epilogue discussing the present situation and prospects of Christian theology in the twenty-first century.

I Will Repay

John R. May, ed., New Image of Religious Film (Kansas City, ... 1997); and Thomas Robin Riley, Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin ...


Author: Dennis Oh

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532638572

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 139

How can Christianity continue to rejoice over a redemption that came at the cost of the violent suffering and death of Jesus Christ? In the wake of increasing revulsion toward oppression and abuse--both historic and contemporary--traditionally Protestant and evangelical theology is in the precarious position of defending one of its cardinal doctrines amidst a host of compelling critiques and alternatives. In I Will Repay, Dennis Oh explores how soteriology rooted in Scripture and resonant with tradition can also be conversant with the cinematic experience offered by popular films. It proposes a narrative reenvisioning of the mechanism of atonement that both supports and extends traditional theological categories and vocabularies while retaining the cross-centered conviction of an evangelical gospel.

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

(2003) Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Westport, CT: Praeger. Rogin, Michael. (1996).


Author: Philip Goff

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444324098

Category: Religion

Page: 752

View: 411

This authoritative and cutting edge companion brings togethera team of leading scholars to document the rich diversity andunique viewpoints that have formed the religious history of theUnited States. A groundbreaking new volume which represents the firstsustained effort to fully explain the development of Americanreligious history and its creation within evolving political andsocial frameworks Spans a wide range of traditions and movements, from theBaptists and Methodists, to Buddhists and Mormons Explores topics ranging from religion and the media,immigration, and piety, though to politics and social reform Considers how American religion has influenced and beeninterpreted in literature and popular culture Provides insights into the historiography of religion, butpresents the subject as a story in motion rather than a snapshot ofwhere the field is at a given moment

T T Clark Companion to the Bible and Film

Couldry, Nick (2000), Inside Culture: Re-imagining the Method of Cultural Studies, ... Riley, Thomas Robin (2003), Film, Faith and Cultural Conflict, ...


Author: Richard Walsh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567666215

Category: Religion

Page: 432

View: 214

The first decades of the twenty-first century saw a resurgence of the biblical epic film, such as Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, which was in turn accompanied by a growth of biblical film criticism. This companion surveys that field of study by framing it in light of significant and recent biblical films as well as the voices of key biblical film critics. Non-Hollywood and seemingly “non-biblical” films also come under investigation. The contributors concentrate on three points: “context”, focusing on the 'Bible in' specific film genres and cultural situations; “theory”, applying theory from both religion and film studies, with an eye to their possible intersections; and “recent and significant texts”, reflecting on which texts and themes have been most important in 'biblical film' and which are currently at the fore. Exploring cinema across the globe, and accompanied by extended introductory essays for each of the three sections, this companion is an important resource for scholars in both film and biblical reception.

Wicked Cinema

Sex and Religion on Screen Daniel S. Cutrara ... Robin Riley, Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case ofMartin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ ...


Author: Daniel S. Cutrara

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292754720

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 266

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From struggles over identity politics in the 1990s to current concerns about a clash of civilizations between Islam and Christianity, culture wars play a prominent role in the twenty-first century. Movies help to define and drive these conflicts by both reflecting and shaping cultural norms, as well as showing what violates those norms. In this pathfinding book, Daniel S. Cutrara employs queer theory, cultural studies, theological studies, and film studies to investigate how cinema represents and often denigrates religion and religious believers—an issue that has received little attention in film studies, despite the fact that faith in its varied manifestations is at the heart of so many cultural conflicts today. Wicked Cinema examines films from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, including Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Circle, Breaking the Waves, Closed Doors, Agnes of God, Priest, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Dogma. Central to all of the films is their protagonists' struggles with sexual transgression and traditional belief systems within Christianity, Judaism, or Islam—a struggle, Cutrara argues, that positions believers as the Other and magnifies the abuses of religion while ignoring its positive aspects. Uncovering a hazardous web of ideological assumptions informed by patriarchy, the spirit/flesh dichotomy, and heteronormativity, Cutrara demonstrates that ultimately these films emphasize the "Otherness" of the faithful through a variety of strategies commonly used to denigrate the queer, from erasing their existence, to using feminization to make them appear weak, to presenting them as dangerous fanatics.

Sacred Profanity

Film, Faith and Cultural Conflict. Robin Riley, Praeger, 2003, p. 88. 44. Divine Images, p. 207. 45. Ibid. 46. Martin Scorsese: A Journey.


Author: Aubrey Dillon-Malone

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313379222

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 342

View: 234

This book offers a history of films with Biblical, spiritual, and supernatural themes. * Comprises discussions of 184 films with religious, spiritual, or supernatural themes * Includes quotes from over 100 actors, producers, directors, and critics * Presents 22 seminal images from Biblical epics, films featuring priests and nuns and also films dealing with symbolic sacramental themes * Offers an extensive bibliography of print and online sources for further reading * Provides a comprehensive filmography of all movies discussed in the book

Catholics in the Movies

Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. Tatum, W. Barnes.


Author: Colleen McDannell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190294410

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 484

Catholicism was all over movie screens in 2004. Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was at the center of a media firestorm for months. A priest was a crucial character in the Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby. Everyone, it seemed, was talking about how religious stories should be represented, marketed, and received. Catholic characters, spaces, and rituals have been stock features in popular films since the silent era. An intensely visual religion with a well-defined ritual and authority system, Catholicism lends itself to the drama and pageantry of film. Moviegoers watch as Catholic visionaries interact with the supernatural, priests counsel their flocks, reformers fight for social justice, and bishops wield authoritarian power. Rather than being marginal to American popular culture, Catholic people, places, and rituals are all central to the world of the movie. Catholics in the Movies begins with an introductory essay that orients readers to the ways that films appear in culture and describes the broad trends that can be seen in the movies' hundred-year history of representing Catholics. Each chapter is written by a noted scholar of American religion who concentrates on one movie engaging important historical, artistic, and religious issues. Each then places the film within American cultural and social history, discusses the film as an expression of Catholic concerns of the period, and relates the film to others of its genre. Tracing the story of American Catholic history through popular films, Catholics in the Movies should be a valuable resource for anyone interested in American Catholicism and religion and film.

Movies and the Reagan Presidency

Film , Faith , and Cultural Conflict The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ By Robin Riley “ Rhetorical scholar Robin Riley provides a ...


Author: Chris Jordan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275979679

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

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In a way that was almost unprecedented in both American history and the history of American cinema, the 1980s were a time in which a United States president - a former B-movie actor and Cold War industry activist - served as a catalyst for the coalescence of trends in Hollywood's political structure, mode of production, and the content of its films.

Holy Terror

Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture Eric S. Christianson, ... Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last ...


Author: Eric S. Christianson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134938582

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The authors of religious scriptures had little difficulty enhancing sacred narratives with the rhetoric of violence. The phenomenon continues in the habitual linkage of violence and religion in contemporary film, music and literature. 'Holy Terror' brings together scholars of religious studies, biblical studies, film studies and sociology to examine the social function of violence in popular discourse. The book questions how violent rhetoric shapes belief and values, how audience empathy with violent protagonists can be understood, and the significance of the association of violence with particular religious groups and ideas. A range of phenomena are analysed, including terrorism in Scripture, apocalyptic texts in film and violence in sport.

American Solitudes

GRAHAM D . J . ( 1997a ) , Redeeming Violence in the Films of Martin Scorsese ,
in C . Marsh , G . Ortiz ( eds . ) ... RILEY R . ( 2003 ) , Film , Faith , and Cultural
Conflict : The Case of Martin Scorsese ' s The Last Temptation of Christ , Praeger


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ISBN: STANFORD:36105121470558

Category: National characteristics, American

Page: 447

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The Films of Martin Scorsese 1978 99

Nichols, Bill (1983) 'The Voice of Documentary', Film Quarterly 36 (3): 17-30. ... Riley, Robin (2003) Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of ...


Author: Leighton Grist

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1403920354

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 357

View: 548

Martin Scorsese is one of the world's great filmmakers, and a genuine auteur. A follow up to The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1963-77, this book covers his work from The Last Waltz to Bringing Out the Dead. Central is the detailed, theoretically informed discussion of all of the Scorsese-directed features released during this period, which, for Scorsese, was marked by both considerable artistic achievement and a shifting and at times uncertain relationship with the Hollywood film industry. Filmic discussion is correspondingly situated in relation to a range of forces and developments – institutional, but also of larger historical reference – that shape the films and Scorsese's authorial discourse. Another stimulating demonstration of sustained textual analysis, The Films of Martin Scorsese, 1978-99 presents an extended critical affirmation of the continuing pertinence of the concept of film authorship and illuminates Hollywood cinema from the late 1970s to the turn of the millennium. Like its predecessor, the book is about authorship and context. Discussion of the films is founded upon a combination of formal, psychoanalytic, and ideological approaches.

Hollywood s New Yorker

Film Criticism 34, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 17—35. Riley, Robin. Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.


Author: Marc Raymond

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438445717

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 249

View: 383

A fresh look at the director’s career.

Martin Scorsese s Divine Comedy

Movies and Religion Catherine O'Brien ... Riley, R. (2003), Film, Faith and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, ...


Author: Catherine O'Brien

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350003286

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 635

Catherine O'Brien draws on the structure of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy to explore Martin Scorsese's feature films from Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967-69) to Silence (2016). This is the first full-length study to focus on the trajectory of faith and doubt during this period, taking very seriously the oft-quoted words of the director himself: 'My whole life has been movies and religion. That's it. Nothing else.' Films discussed include GoodFellas, The Last Temptation of Christ, Taxi Driver and Mean Streets, as well as the more recent The Wolf of Wall Street. In Dante's poem in 100 cantos, the Pilgrim is guided by the poet Virgil down through the circles of Hell in Inferno; he then climbs the steep Mountain of the Seven Deadly Sins in Purgatory; and he finally encounters God in Paradise. Embracing this popular analogy, this study envisions Scorsese as a contemporary Dante, with his filmic oeuvre offering the dimensions of a cinematic Divine Comedy. Drawing on debates at the heart of religious studies, theology, literature and film, this book goes beyond existing explorations of religion in Scorsese's work to address issues of sin and salvation within the context of wider debates in eschatology and the afterlife.

Publications of the Modern Language Association of America

Reagan Presidency Movies Movies and and the the Reagan Presidency Success
and Ethics By Chris Jordan " Insightful ... June 2003 • 248 pages • 0-275-97967-9
• $ 39.95 Film , Faith , and Cultural Conflict Film , Faith , The Case of Martin ...




ISBN: MINN:31951P00817362K

Category: Philology, Modern


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Jesus in Twentieth Century Literature Art and Movies

A fuller and more balanced account of the controversy around the film can be found in R. Riley, Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin ...


Author: Paul C. Burns

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826428400

Category: Art

Page: 241

View: 552

Burns' collection—taken from a conference at a 2004 regional SBL meeting—explores the ways in which these portraits of Jesus continue to fulfill the familiar observation that people tend to depict Jesus in their own image