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Seeing is believing : visions of life through film

Author: Robert Benne
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©1998.
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Seeing is Believing demonstrates that serious dramatic films usually express deeply-running visions of life, designated as Christian, Greek, American or skeptical. The author provides a narrative analysis that investigates these "deep structures," the mythic elements embedded in the films, while paying close attention to the comprehensive meaning of the whole film, not just the themes or implications that may be  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Benne, Robert.
Seeing is believing.
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©1998
(OCoLC)607188343
Online version:
Benne, Robert.
Seeing is believing.
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©1998
(OCoLC)607906466
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Benne
ISBN: 0761812687 9780761812685
OCLC Number: 39727727
Description: 96 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1: The importance of movies --
pt. 2: Movies and meaning --
A variety of approaches --
The approach of this book --
pt. 3: The Christian story --
The Biblical narrative --
The human reflection in life and film --
Moments in the Christian story --
The explicit Christian story in film: Tender mercies --
The implicit Christian story in film: The verdict --
pt. 4: The American story --
The Biblical narrative --
The American dream --
The American story in film: The natural --
The American difference --
The American nightmare --
The American nightmare in film: Easy rider --
pt. 5: The Greek story --
The Greek story in film: Breaker Morrant --
The Greek difference --
pt. 6: The skeptical story --
The skeptical story in a skeptical world --
The skeptical story in film: Ironweed; Blue velvet; Crimes and misdemeanors.
Responsibility: Robert Benne.

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Seeing is Believing demonstrates that serious dramatic films usually express deeply-running visions of life, designated as Christian, Greek, American or skeptical. The author provides a narrative analysis that investigates these "deep structures," the mythic elements embedded in the films, while paying close attention to the comprehensive meaning of the whole film, not just the themes or implications that may be identified in the film's discrete parts. His analysis introduces a new and exciting method of film interpretation that developed succinctly through a narrative style that shows how the concepts are applied to films, relying more on understanding than memorization. The author also includes appendices that list effective questions for use in discussing movies, and a list of movies that work well with the book's method of analysis.

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