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Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith [Paperback]

By Richard Leonard (Author)
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In modern culture, nothing matters more than the movies, says popular film critic and Jesuit Richard Leonard. Movies shape our global civilization. We watch them incessantly, relax with them, argue about them. But movies are much more than casual entertainment and subjects for small talk. They have become the preferred medium for ideas and values and morally serious expression. We need to take movies seriously, Leonard says. To do so, we need to learn how to "read" a film. In Movies that Matter, Leonard views 50 important movies through a "lens of faith"-an informed Christian point of view that immeasurably deepens the astute moviegoer's viewing experience. He shows how the great directors, screenwriters, and actors employ the "language of film" to celebrate the human spirit and put us in touch with the divine. This knowledgeable, vividly written, provocative guide is an excellent resource for every reader seeking deeper understanding of what the movies are saying.

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A lively, discerning guide to what's good, beautiful, and true at the movies
"Richard Leonard, SJ, expertly guides readers through some of the most popular recent films and shows us how even the most unlikely movies can encourage us to pray and draw closer to the divine . . . fascinating, lively, and often witty."
--James Martin, SJ, author of "My Life with the Saints
This thought-provoking and inspiring work by popular film critic and Jesuit Richard Leonard explains how movies are today's parables and why people of faith need the skills to converse about them intelligently and productively. In "Movies""That Matter," Leonard views fifty important movies through "a lens of faith" and offers surprising insights on the spiritual dimension of each film. From Finding Nemo to Gandhi to The Godfather, Leonard's informed, Christian point of view guides us to a new appreciation of both the films and our own spiritual beliefs. Leonard also lists teachable moments found in each movie and provides questions for personal reflection or group dialogue.

In addition, Leonard teaches today's religious educators, parents, and film buffs how to "read" a film with the eyes of faith, and how to meaningfully engage with others through the media of film. He offers realistic advice on such topics as: valuing our story, sex and violence in films, ratings, and how to be a critical consumer. This entertaining and reliable guide will enrich your movie-watching experience.
""Movies That Matter "is a book every person in pastoral ministry will want to use as he or she seeks to be relevant and faithful in a media world."
--Rose Pacatte, FSP, coauthor "Lights, Camera, . . . Faith

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Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith by Richard Leonard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 06/26/2006 page 48

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   172
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.04" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829422013  
ISBN13  9780829422016  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard Leonard, SJ, is a writer and film critic who has written and spoken about cinema, culture, and faith on four continents. An Australian Jesuit with advanced degrees in theology and film, Leonard is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office.

Richard Leonard was born in 1963.

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The title says it all . . .  Mar 31, 2009
Nice connnection between movies that one wouldn't necessarily see as "religious" and matters of faith, God, and humanity. A film doesn't necessarily need to be a "Ten Commandments" to be instructive about God at work in the world.

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