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Contents List of Illustrations 000 Preface 000 Acknowledgments 000 1. A Battered Optimism: Ecclesiastes and Our Contemporary Context 000 2. The Existentialist Alternative: Akira Kurosawa and Woody Allen 000 3. Death and Life: Alan Ball and American Beauty 000 4. The Saddest Happy Ending: Paul Thomas Anderson and Magnolia 000 5. Chance and Fate: Tom Tykwer and Run Lola Run 000 6. An Ambiguous Joy: Marc Forster and Monster's Ball 000 7. Can God Be in This? M. Night Shyamalan and Signs 000 8. Confessions of a Workaholic: Alexander Payne, Election, and About Schmidt 000 9. Humanity at Full Stretch: Let the Preacher Respond 000 Appendix A: Ecclesiastes' History of Interpretation 000 Appendix B: Christian Film Criticism 000 Appendix C: Biblical Criticism and Useless Beauty 000 Notes 000 Movies Cited 000 Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Bible, O, T, Ecclesiastes Criticism, interpretation, etc, Motion pictures Religious aspects Christianity