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Profane parables : film and the American dream

Author: Matthew S Rindge
Publisher: Waco, Texas : Baylor University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The sacred ethos of the American Dream has become a central pillar of American civil religion. The belief that meaning is fashioned from some mixture of family, friends, a stable career, and financial security permeates American culture. Profane Parables examines three films that assault this venerated American myth. Fight Club (1999), American Beauty (1999), and About Schmidt (2002) indict the American Dream as a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew S Rindge
ISBN: 9781481304290 1481304291
OCLC Number: 914257009
Description: xi, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The American dream : the sacred ethos of American religion --
Fight club : lamenting God's abandonment and the American dream --
American beauty : death as divine beauty --
About Schmidt : an American rich fool --
Films as parables of disorientation.
Responsibility: Matthew S. Rindge.

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Ultimately, Rindge considers how these parabolic films operate as sacred texts in their own right.--Sofia Sj "Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Cuture"  Read more...

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