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Overview Explores what popular films of the 1980s and 1990s say about religion and the values by which we live
Publishers Description What did Thelma and Louise say to a society anxious about gender roles and sexual harassment? What did The Piano propose to a society experiencing backlash in equal opportunities for women and minorities? This text explores how recent movies express ideas about religion, relationships, and society. In-depth examinations of 15 recent popular films, as well as their production and critical reception, reveal patterns in their treatment of religion, relationships, race, and gender. It shows how filmmakers sought to defy those conventions; where they succeeded and where they failed.
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More About Margaret R. Miles
Margaret R. Miles is Dean and d Academic Vice-President of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and is President of the American Academy of Religion. She was formerly Bussey Professor of historical Theology at Harvard University. Her previous books include Image as Insight: Visual Understanding in Western Christianity and Secular Culture, Carnal Knowing: female Nakedness and Religious Meaning in the Christian West, Seeing an Believing: Religion and values in the Movies, and, most recently, Reading for Life: Beauty, Pluralism, and Responsibility (1998).