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Author Burton, Aaron V
Title Jesus in the movies: A rhetorical analysis of selected films from 1912--2004
book jacket
Descript 133 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-02, Section: A, page: 0598
Adviser: John J. Makay
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Bowling Green State University, 2008
The purpose of this investigation is to discuss popular film interpretations of Christ's life and how the films' narratives function rhetorically. These films become part of the rhetorical dialogue and add to the discussion of Christianity. Using Fisher's (1984) Narrative Paradigm, a thematic and character analysis is conducted identifying the common themes of sacrifice and vengeance, noting the progress in the Christ character. Six films have been selected for analyses that represent both the successes and failures of the Christ Film genre. The films selected are From the Manger to the Cross (1912), The King of Kings (1927), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and The Passion of The Christ (2004). In addition, the investigation seeks to understand each film in the particular period that it was produced. Using rhetorical analysis and history data, this investigation attempts to understand the ways that films about Jesus aid in spreading the message of the Gospels
School code: 0018
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 69-02A
Subject Religion, General
Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Alt Author Bowling Green State University
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