religion and film

Since the very beginning, religion has had a widespread presence in film history. Famous narratives about central figures of religions, mythological and epic accounts, sacred texts, phenomena beyond rationality, utopias, and dystopias of human society are widespread in cinema. Audio-visual media can stage imaginary worlds similar to religious visions. In film, religion is depicted in various, controversial fashions: sometimes religious thinking is the object of strong criticism and sometimes it is presented as an integral part of existence, as a human positive project, or as a part of cultural heritage. The interaction between audio-visual media and religion offers a rich and multifaceted research field spanning from blockbusters to art-house films, from documentaries to You Tube, and from TV series to commercials.



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