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Theology and Film
- Course Dates: Mon 28 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 1 July, 2:00 pm
This module explores the growing field of theology and film.
Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches.
We will spend time looking at and studying selected films (The Railway Man, The Tango Lesson and Chinatown), allowing students to develop the critical skills helpful for film interpretation and explore possible theological approaches to film criticism.
Students will investigate the claims that contemporary film provides an alternative site or location for religion in the context of modern consumer societies.
Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.