Screening the Afterlife

Screening the Afterlife

This is because the film's delineation of heaven as an inherently subjective environment where each soul creates his or her own paradise can only stand or fall on assumptions about the nature and form of the afterlife that have been ...

Author: Christopher Deacy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136597503

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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Screening the Afterlife is a unique and fascinating exploration of the ‘last things’ as envisaged by modern filmmakers. Drawing on a range of films from Flatliners and What Dreams May Come to Working Girl and The Shawshank Redemption, it offers the first comprehensive examination of death and the afterlife within the growing field of religion and film. Topics addressed include: the survival of personhood after death the language of resurrection and immortality Near-Death Experiences and Mind-Dependent Worlds the portrayal of ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’. Students taking courses on eschatology will find this a stimulating and thought provoking resource, while scholars will relish Deacy’s theological insight and understanding.
Categories: Religion

A Convenient Parallel Dimension

A Convenient Parallel Dimension

Kirsten Acuna, “Fans Were Surprised with a Very Early Screening of the Next 'Ghostbusters' Movie at New York Comic Con and It Was a Clear Hit,” Insider, October 8, 2021, https://www.insider.com/ghostbusters-afterlife-comic-con ...

Author: James Greene Jr.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493048250

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 361

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“Rarely has a movie this expensive provided so many quotable lines.” So wrote Roger Ebert in his review of Ghostbusters, the 1984 blockbuster that handed our paranormal fears over to some of the sharpest comic minds of the day. Ghostbusters instantly resonated with audiences thanks to eye-popping special effects and crackling wit; to date, it remains the highest-grossing horror comedy of all time. The film spawned an Emmy-nominated Saturday morning cartoon, a tentpole 1989 sequel, a contentious 2016 reboot, legions of merchandise, and one of the most dedicated fan bases in history. Ghostbusters also elevated its players to superstardom, something a few cast members found more daunting than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Now, for the first time, the entire history of the slime-soaked franchise is told in A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever. The cohesion of talent during the mid-’70s comedy revolution, the seat-of-their-pants creation of the first Ghostbusters, the explosive success that seemed to mandate a franchise, the five year struggle to make Ghostbusters II, the thirty-one-year struggle to make Ghostbusters III—it’s all here, with incredible attention to detail. Thoroughly researched and engaging, A Convenient Parallel Dimension smashes long-held myths and half truths about the dynamics behind this cultural juggernaut and presents the real story, down to the last drop of ectoplasm.
Categories: Performing Arts

Love in the Afterlife

Love in the Afterlife

The love-death-afterlife theme has its sources in antiquity and pertains to philosophic and theological subjects of ... 2008); Christopher Deacy, Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology and Film (London and New York: Routledge, ...

Author: Richard Striner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611478853

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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This book is a definitive study of love-death-afterlife movies from the 1920s to the present. Scholars of film will appreciate this contribution to the intellectual history of cinema, and cultural critics will enjoy its presentation of the ways in which democracies can use entertainment to prompt unorthodox speculation in matters of the spirit.
Categories: Performing Arts

Bible and Cinema

Bible and Cinema

Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology, and Film By Christopher Deacy SCREEN 'l'HE AFTERLIFE 4 “Chris Deacv is a theologian who knows how to look at film. This is among the best books yet published that evidences a robust ...

Author: Adele Reinhartz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134627011

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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This is a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which the Bible has been used and represented in mainstream cinema. Adele Reinhartz considers the pervasive use of the Bible in feature films, and the medium of film as part of the Bible’s reception history. The book examines how films draw on the Old and New Testament and the figure of Jesus Christ in various direct and indirect ways to develop their plots, characters, and themes. As well as movies that set out explicitly to retell biblical stories in their ancient context, it explores the ways in which contemporary, fictional feature films make use of biblical narrative. Topics covered include: how filmmakers make use of scripture to address and reflect their own time and place. the Bible as a vehicle through which films can address social and political issues, reflect human experiences and emotions, explore existential issues such as evil and death, and express themes such as destruction and redemption. the role of the Bible as a source of ethics and morality, and how this connection is both perpetuated and undermined in a range of contemporary Hollywood films. films that create an experience of transcendence, and the ways in which the Bible figures in that experience. Reinhartz offers insightful analysis of numerous films including The Ten Commandments and The Shawshank Redemption, paying attention to visual and aural elements as well as plot, character, and dialogue. Students will find this an invaluable guide to a growing field.
Categories: Religion

Doctor Who Twelfth Night

Doctor Who   Twelfth Night

... 'Images of God in the movies', in William L. Blizek (ed.), The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film (London, 2009), p. 259. 17 Christopher Deacy, Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology and Film (Abingdon, 2012), pp.

Author: Andrew O'Day

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786724717

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who – unpredictable, embattled, mercurial - has raised many fresh issues for followers of the Time Lord. In this book, the first to address the Capaldi era in depth, international experts on the show explore Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor, and Steven Moffat's role as show writer and executive producer. They evaluate the effect of Capaldi's older age on the series' pace and themes; his Scottishness and representations of Scotland in Doctor Who's history, and the roles of the Doctor's female companions, particularly Clara Oswald as played by Jenna Coleman. The politics of war are addressed, as is the development of the alien-fighting military organisation UNIT in the show, as well as controversial portrayals of the afterlife and of immortality. There's discussion of promotional discourses, the imagining of the Twelfth Doctor in fan fiction and fan art, fan responses to the re-gendering of the Master as female, and of Christmas television and the uncanny. For fans, scholars and students alike, this book is a fitting tribute to and assessment of Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Bible in Motion

The Bible in Motion

Deacy, Christopher. 2012. Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology, and Film. New York: Routledge. Haunton, Christian. 2009. “Filming the Afterlife.” In The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film. Ed. William Blizek.

Author: Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781614513261

Category: Religion

Page: 956

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This two-part volume contains a comprehensive collection of original studies by well-known scholars focusing on the Bible’s wide-ranging reception in world cinema. It is organized into sections examining the rich cinematic afterlives of selected characters from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament; considering issues of biblical reception across a wide array of film genres, ranging from noir to anime; featuring directors, from Lee Chang-dong to the Coen brothers, whose body of work reveals an enduring fascination with biblical texts and motifs; and offering topical essays on cinema’s treatment of selected biblical themes (e.g., lament, apocalyptic), particular interpretive lenses (e.g., feminist interpretation, queer theory), and windows into biblical reception in a variety of world cinemas (e.g., Indian, Israeli, and Third Cinema). This handbook is intended for scholars of the Bible, religion, and film as well as for a wider general audience.
Categories: Religion

Religions in the Modern World

Religions in the Modern World

For example, Christopher Deacy's Screening the Afterlife (2011) and Robert Johnston's Reel Spirituality (2006) are premised on the conviction that cinema can provide a context for the exploration of theological questions.

Author: Linda Woodhead

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317439608

Category: Religion

Page: 614

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Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, Third Edition is the ideal textbook for those coming to the study of religion for the first time, as well as for those who wish to keep up-to-date with the latest perspectives in the field. This third edition contains new and upgraded pedagogic features, including chapter summaries, key terms and definitions, and questions for reflection and discussion. The first part of the book considers the history and modern practices of the main religious traditions of the world, while the second analyzes trends from secularization to the rise of new spiritualities. Comprehensive and fully international in coverage, it is accessibly written by practicing and specialist teachers.
Categories: Religion

Divine Film Comedies

Divine Film Comedies

See Christopher Deacy's admirable work on eschatology, especially “Angels in Scripture and Film,” in Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology and Film (Routledge, 2012), 156–158. 2. Andrew J. Bandstra, “A Job Description of Angels ...

Author: Terry Lindvall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317353416

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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Divine Film Comedies creates a meaningful dialogue between stories in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament and comedies spanning the history of film. The text lies at the intersection of three disciplines: humor/comedy studies, film studies, and theology. Drawing on films from the silent era to the 21st century, the book highlights parallels between comedic sub-genres and sacred narratives, parables, and proverbs, illuminating a path to seeing and understanding both Scripture and film through a comic lens. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of theology and film, media, and communications.
Categories: Religion

Screening European Heritage

Screening European Heritage

Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ———. 2013. From political critique to online fandom: Claire Monk on British heritage film, its origins and afterlife. Screening European Heritage. [Online].

Author: Paul Cooke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137522801

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

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This book provides a unique examination of the way Europe’s past is represented on contemporary screens and what this says about contemporary cultural attitudes to history. How do historical dramas come to TV and cinema screens across Europe? How is this shaped by the policies and practices of cultural institutions, from media funding boards to tourist agencies and heritage sites? Who watches these productions and how are they consumed in cinemas, on TV and online?, are just some of the questions this volume seeks to answer. From The Lives of Others to Game of Thrones, historical dramas are a particularly visible part of mainstream European film production, often generating major national debates on the role of the past in contemporary national identity construction.
Categories: Social Science

Christmas as Religion

Christmas as Religion

In Escape Routes: Contemporary Perspectives on Life After Punishment, edited by Stephen Farrall et al., London: Routledge, 22–42 Deacy, Christopher, 2012(a). Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology and Film, Abingdon: Routledge ...

Author: Christopher Deacy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191069550

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In Christmas as Religion, Christopher Deacy explores the premise that religion plays an elementary role in our understanding of the Christmas festival, but takes issue with much of the existing literature which is inclined to limit the contours and parameters of 'religion' to particular representations and manifestations of institutional forms of Christianity. 'Religion' is often tacitly identified as having an ecclesiastical frame of reference, so that if the Church is not deemed to play a central role in the practice of Christmas for many people today then it can legitimately be side-lined and relegated to the periphery of any discussion relating to what Christmas 'means'. Deacy argues that such approaches fail to take adequate stock of the manifold ways in which people's beliefs and values take shape in modern society. For example, Christmas films or radio programmes may comprise a non-specifically Christian, but nonetheless religiously rich, repository of beliefs, values, sentiments and aspirations. Therefore, this book makes the case for laying to rest the secularization thesis, with its simplistic assumption that religion in Western society is undergoing a period of escalating and irrevocable erosion, and to see instead that the secular may itself be a repository of the religious. Rather than see Christmas as comprising alternative or analogous forms of religious expression, or dependent on any causal relationship to the Christian tradition, Deacy maintains that it is religious per se, and, moreover, it is its very secularity that makes Christmas such a compelling, and even transcendent, religious holiday.
Categories: Religion