Table of contents for Film as religion : myths, morals, and rituals / John C. Lyden.


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        Introduction                                         1


PART I. A Method for Viewing Film as Religion                 9
      1 Existing Approaches to Religion and Film               11
      2 The Definition of Religion                             36
      3 Myths about Myth                                       56
      4 Rituals and Morals                                     79
      5 The Religion-Film Dialogue as Interreligious Dialogue  108


PART II. Genre and Film Analyses                               137
     6 Westerns and Action Movies                           141
        Die Hard (1988)                                      146

     7 Gangster Films                                        153
         The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part 11(1974)  156
     8 Melodrama, Tearjerkers, and "Women's Films"           164
         Titanic (1997)                                       171
     9 Romantic Comedies                                     179
         When Harry Met Sally... (1989)                       183
     10 Children's Films and Fantasy                          191
        E. T, The Extraterrestrial (1982)                    194



     11 Science Fiction                                      202
        The Terminator (1984) and
        Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)                   207
        The Original Star Wars Films (1977, 1980, 1983)  216

     12 Thrillers and Horror Movies                          226
        Alfred Hitchcock                                    230
        Psycho (1960)                                       232
        The Silence of the Lambs (1991)                     240


Conclusion                                          246





Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Motion pictures Religious aspects, Motion pictures Moral and ethical aspects