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Of pilgrims and fire : when God shows up at the movies

Author: Roy M Anker
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©2010.
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In this illuminating guidebook, film teacher and critic Roy Anker explores some of cinema's most profound depictions of human beings searching for meaning in life. The films he delves into -- The Thin Red Line, American Beauty, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Man Walking, The Apostle, E.T., Magnolia, and twelve more -- are, with few exceptions, not overtly "religious" or "Christian." Yet from  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy M Anker
ISBN: 9780802865724 0802865720
OCLC Number: 635490746
Notes: Includes filmography.
Description: ix, 249 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Of pilgrims and fire --
A dozen tips for smart film viewing --
I. The gift of splendor: "all things shining." --
American Beauty --
The Thin Red Line --
The Color of Paradise --
Decalogue --
II. Wrestling with angels (and demons): the collision of morality and belief. --
Crimes and Misdemeanors --
The Godfather: Part III --
Wide Awake --
III. The new life: the surprise of love. --
Tender Mercies --
The Shawshank Redemption --
Dead Men Walking --
The Mission --
The Apostle --
IV. Facsimiles of God: the why's and who's of incarnation. --
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial --
Superman: The Movie --
Millions --
V. The feast of love. --
Places in the Heart --
Grand Canyon --
Babette's Feast --
VI. Signs and wonders. --
Magnolia --
Heaven.
Responsibility: Roy Anker.

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In this illuminating guidebook, film teacher and critic Roy Anker explores some of cinema's most profound depictions of human beings searching for meaning in life. The films he delves into -- The Thin Red Line, American Beauty, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Man Walking, The Apostle, E.T., Magnolia, and twelve more -- are, with few exceptions, not overtly "religious" or "Christian." Yet from the world of secular Hollywood he succeeds in drawing together some of the most religiously provocative movies of our time. Providing synopses, commentary, background information, and both pre-viewing comments and post-viewing discussion questions for each film, Anker -- without being preachy or didactic -- offers movie buffs profound new insights. Watching this diverse collection anew through Anker's eyes, readers will find these films not only enjoyable but also deeply enlightening. - Publisher.

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