Film in Service of the Sacred

By November 16, 2012 Events

As part of the Barbara Blackman Temenos Foundation lecture 2012. Film is a sophisticated form of visual and oral storytelling. In the hands of masters of the craft, it can produce a highly immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. This lecture explores the potential of film to serve the sacred by focusing on examples such as Peter Weir’s Witness [1985] and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Gospel according to St Matthew [1964]. Rather than simply enumerating films that tell spiritual stories, however, this presentation will address how the spiritual can enter into stories of the everyday, infusing the film’s characters and spaces and inspiring the audience.

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