Can a movie probe more deeply into theology than other works? Can it show the strengths and weaknesses of religious thought more directly, more dramatically? This seminar probes theology and film, examining movies with strong Christian themes. We will use film criticism and literary and art theories to look at and interpret movies that address the spiritual dimensions of life. The class will study classic directors like Buñuel, Pasolini, and Zeffirelli, tease out new meaning from familiar texts such as A Man for All Seasons and The Matrix, and make brief forays into many less familiar works and genres: Gladiator to Battlestar Galactica, an episode of Yes, Prime Minister, and one from the standup comedy of “executive transvestite” Eddie Izzard. Thoughtful analysis of a movie opens discussion up to multiple meanings, and we will think through films that question, explore, and compare ideas.
Bolt, Robert. A Man for all Seasons: A Play in Two Acts. Vintage paperback, 1990. ISBN-10: 0679728228.
Osborne, John. John Osborne: Plays 3. Contemporary Classics, 1998. ISBN-10: 0571178472.
Tillich, Paul. Dynamics of Faith. HarperOne, Perennial Classics, 2009. ISBN-10:0060937130.
Chesterton, G. K. Orthodoxy. Ortho Publishing, 2014. ISBN-10: 1493508075.