Cinematic Scriptures: Discussions About Film From The Catholic Perspective

Film and faith have been intertwined since the beginning of the medium. As breakout Catholic filmmakers made a name for themselves in the 1930s and 1940s (Capra, Borzage, Hitchcock), Catholic ideology has been an ever present, sometimes subtle, presence in the world's most captivating medium. As values began to change in the 1960s, a new breed of filmmakers (Coppola, Scorsese, De Palma) helped redefine what it means to be Catholic in an ever-changing world. Even today, society is influenced by films with Catholic ideas hiding just below the surface (Lord of the Rings), on the surface (Sister Act, Keeping the Faith) and clearly above the surface (Passion of the Christ).

This program explores these movies and more as Catholic film scholars Father Peter Malone and Maria Elena de las Carreras discuss films from the Catholic perspective. They ask questions like, how do films influence society? How do films teach us about faith and social values? How have Catholic filmmakers influenced society? How can someone of faith approach films with negative ideas about society?

2015, 45 minutes, NTSC DVD

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