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Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth and Evil in the Movies [Paperback]

By Jeffrey Overstreet (Author)
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Film critic Jeffrey Overstreet reviews movies from all genres (from blockbusters to buried treasures and from those with popular entertainers to under-appreciated masterpieces), and shares interviews with filmmakers and actors (Peter Jackson, Ralph Winter, Elija Wood, Ian McKellan, and more). Includes the author's 100 most recommended films for discussion, along with questions to dig deeper for rewarding post-viewing conversations.

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In the style of a cinematic travel journal, film columnist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet of Christianity Today and leads readers down paths less traveled to explore some of the best films you've never seen. Examining a feast of movies, from blockbusters to buried treasure, Overstreet peels back the layers of work by popular entertainers and under-appreciated masters. He shares excerpts from conversations with filmmakers like Peter Jackson, Wim Wenders, Kevin Smith, Scott Derrickson, producer Ralph Winter, and stars like Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Keanu Reeves and the cast of Serenity, drawing "war-stories" from his encounters with movie stars, moviemakers, moviegoers and other critics in both mainstream and religious circles. He argues that what makes some films timeless rather than merely popular has everything to do with the way these artists--whether they know it or not--have captured reflections of God in their work. Through a Screen Darkly also includes a collection of reviews, humorous anecdotes and on-the-scene film festival reports, as well as recommendations for movie discussion groups and meditations on how different films echo the myriad ways in which Christ captured the attention and imagination of culture.

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Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth and Evil in the Movies by Jeffrey Overstreet has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2006 page 47
  • CBA Retailers - 02/01/2007 page 42
  • Christianity Today - 02/01/2007 page 126
  • Christianity Today - 09/01/2011 page 66

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Regal Books
Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.41" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.89 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 5, 2007
Age  12-10
ISBN  0830743154  
ISBN13  9780830743155  

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More About Jeffrey Overstreet

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of three previous books in The Auralia Thread fantasy series. Publisher s Weekly called Auralia s Colors a story precise and beautiful masterfully told, and it was a dual finalist for a Christy Award. An award-winning film reviewer, he has written a moviegoer s memoir, Through a Screen Darkly, and contributes regularly to Image and other journals. He lives in Shoreline, Washington and works at Seattle Pacific University."

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Film for all Folks  Mar 11, 2007
Have you ever wondered how some people can just soak in movies? They go to the threater and its like they just made a new friend with the film they just saw. While you go and enjoyment some entertainment. Both ways of viewing are good but hey, we all could use a new friend. Jeffery Overstreet helps us bridge the gap between just watching another movie and connecting to another perspective and deeper meaning through viewing movies as art.

Overstreet writes a very accessable and enjoyable journey in film through the book Through a Screen Darkly. He is not a film snob in belittling popular movies. He actually helps the reader see some great themes in mainstrean movies that he or she may have overlooked. But he also is ready to challenge the reader with films that a "normal" person may not have come across. The greatest part of the book is that he doesn't just suggest movies that one should experience. He instead walks you through his personal journey in movie appreciation and helps the reader to learn what can be gathered in extraordinary movies.
Excellent look at faith and film  Mar 1, 2007
I really enjoyed this book, and how Jeffrey showed how to expand a Christian view of film in two ways: by looking beyond simple moralizing to take a deep look at how film can convey the spiritual longings and journeys taken by film characters, and by looking beyond Hollywood to explore the finest works from world cinema. I have had the chance to view a few of the films Jeffrey mentions in this book, but this book has helped me want to revisit these films to study them again using the artistic and filmic languages that were unfamiliar to me. I also have gained a list of films I want to add to my Netflix account. Seeing the best of world cinema, and learning how to view these films, nourishes the soul and expands my view of how God moves both in the human heart, and throughout the entire world.
Thoughtful, personal journey through the land of cinema  Feb 5, 2007
I'm the kind of guy who watches all the extras on DVDs. I like to know how things are made, why things were done a particular way, how other creative types think, the history of a project.

I'm also the kind of guy that likes to ponder what things mean. I don't often find this type of discussion in DVD extras. But I do find it in Jeffrey's book Through a Screen Darkly. He deftly weaves a tapestry of meaning based on movies--our national art form. He discusses faith and film thoughtfully, and personally. From his childhood with the Muppets, to his daily work as a film reviewer, Jeffrey talks about things and their meaning in a personal way--not abstract, not theoretical, but through the use of his own coming-of-age-as-a-movie-viewer story. Jeffrey is insightful on many levels--he knows many of the people he writes about, and has conversed with them over time. He watches their films and discusses their deeper meaning. He also has a lot of fun discussing what he cares so passionately about. His is not a dry read, but one filled with light and truth.

I'd encourage you to get a copy; see what you've been missing. Things mean things, and Jeffrey's insight will help you see better, too. Even in the dark.
I LOVE this Book  Jan 24, 2007
Hey, I'm not a movie reviewer. I'm a Flight Attendant who loves reading good books. And this new book THROUGH A SCREEN DARKLY by Jeffrey Overstreet, is fantastic. Well written, poetic in prose (I mean, how often do you find that in a movie reviewer) and in general a great read! My copy just arrived today from this and I'm already calling all my friends to get them to buy the book as well! You'll love it!

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