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Film Genres

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A quick definition for religion and film

The organized belief in and worship of a god or gods. Work on religion and film has formed part of the discussion of canonical films such as Det sjunde inseglet/The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1957) and La passion de Jeanne d’Arc/The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, France, 1928) (see canon) and the work of filmmakers such as Robert Bresson, Roberto Rossellini, and Andrei Tarkovsky, whose work is said to display a strong spiritual dimension. However, unlike film studies work on gender, social class, race, and sexuality, this scholarship has not cohered into a discrete approach. Instead, a broad range of work has been produced on the relation between religion and film, often by scholars or theologians in religious studies with affiliations to particular religions and in cultural studies.

Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). Religion. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 Dec. 2020

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Finding journal articles & titles

Articles and other writings about religious films can be found in many publications. We have an open access journal looks exclusively at religion and film. However, you can use Film & Television Literature Index or ATLA Religion Database to find other, relevant articles.

Selected film titles

Find more religious films in the library's collections.