Religion 216: Religion and Film

Dr. Adam L. Porter
210 Kirby Hall

Handouts and information:
Syllabus, Policies, and Calendar

Backup your files! Dropbox is excellent (2GB free storage), esp. for file recovery.
Writing a Film Analysis Paper
Sample analysis paper for Dogma.
Film Assignment
Bible story suggestions
Final Paper Assignment

Film Making Resources

Intro Class
Psycho (1960) Shower
Touch of Evil (1958) Opening Shot
Apocalypse Now (1974) Flight of the Valkyries

Materials to supplement the textbook
Ch 1
North by Northwest, Crop Duster

Ch 2 Mise en Scene
Rear Window - Framing
Ch 3 - Movement
Fred Astaire, Royal Hotel
Gene Kelly, Singing in the Rain (American in Paris), Singing Remix (VW Commercial), Singing (Clockwork orange)
Matrix, Neo and Trinity
(Allusion to Matrix: Kick-Ass,
which also has allusions to Westerns - the music in this clip comes from "A Few Dollars More" composed by Enrico Morricone")
Ch 4 - Editing
North by Northwest - Movie example. See storybooking example from ch 4 and script example from ch 9.
Godfather (1972) Baptism montage
Battleship Potemkin (1925) (with added soundtrack)
  (Untouchables allusion to Odessa steps)
Ch 5: Music
Psycho (1960) Intro music
Apocalypse Now
Looper Sound track
NPR has an interesting series of Oscar Nominated Scores: 2009, 2010, 2011,
And here's a puzzler!

Ch 6: Acting

Kevin Spacey Impersonations
Accents. . .
Ch 7: Drama
Costumes: Dogma (1), (2),
    Ten Commandments (1), (2), (3)
    JCS (1), (2), (3)

Set: Last Temptation, 1, 2, 3
    Passion 1, 2, 3, 4
    Platoon 1, 2, 3
Ch 8: Story
Blazing Saddles Church Speech
Night of the Hunter (1955)
Blade Runner (1982), Theatrical Ending, Director's Cut Ending
Godspell (1973). Note the costume design.
Ch 9: Writing
Science reveals what makes a movie quote memorable! NPR, i09.
A Few Good Men,
Scent of a Woman,

Ch 10 Ch 11 Ch 12

Online Reserve Materials:
Journal of Religion and Film
Samson and Deliliah (1949), Herzberg, Samson's Moment of Truth (Note: Get the PDF of his article from Ebsco; Read his analysis of the Bible Story, skip his disussion of Milton, and pay attention to his discussion of DeMille's S&D.) Jesus Christ, Superstar (1973)
Lyrics (as an opera, the movie doesn't really have a 'script' per se)

Stallman's Jesus
BBC Alternative "Scientific" Jesus
Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Script 1, Script 2
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Landry, "God in the Details. . ."
Jenkins, "Jesus Christ, Superstar? . . ."
  Clips referenced by Jenkins & Landry:
      Bad Lieutenant
      Andre Rublev
      King of Kings (1927)

Contra? Sermon on the Mount, Life of Brian
On the controversy: South Park, "The Passion of the Jew"
The Exorcist (1973)
Allison, Kelly, "A Girls best friend is her mother. . ." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, March 2004, 24/2 64-70.
On exorcisms, see: NYT article #1, #2
Close Enounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Apostle (1997)
The Apostle: four reviews:
The Quarrel (1991)  
My Son, the Fanatic (1997)    a The Matrix (1999)  
The Matrix: Flannery-Daily & Wagner, Wake Up! Gnosticism and Buddhism in The Matrix
Stucky, He's the One: The Matrix Trilogy's Post-Modern Movie Messiah
Script (not exactly the same as appears in the movie).
A Catholic critique of the film's theology.
Humorous stuff (mostly Star Wars Parodies)
Hardware Wars Pt 1, Pt 2, Supermarket WarsTroops

George Lucas in Love (Parody of Shakespeare in Love (1998))
       Clerks 2: LOTR vs Star Wars

Other Resources and Useful Sites:
Bible Gateway (on-line biblical search engine)
Rotten Tomatoes (review aggregrator)
Christianity Today's Movie Site (Evangelical publication)
Hollywood Jesus ("Pop culture from a spiritual point of view")
Decent Film Guide (A Catholic film review site)
Aish.Com Arts site (Jewish website)
My Jewish Learning Culture Site

(I have not been able to find an explictly Muslim movie review website; anyone who can find one, please send me the link!)