Abstract

This project is an effort to establish a paradigm for reading and tracing transcendence in film art and film propaganda. It addresses the intersection of aesthetic and spiritual planes which is supported by a long and complex tradition of art within religious worship. The study selects a single film as a microcosm of larger issues of cinematic representation and spirituality, in particular the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). It makes a formalistic comparison of structural and and stylistic elements between a Mormon long-form narrative, Legacy (1994) with the classic Hollywood narrative on the one hand and Paul Schrader's transcendental style on the other. The goal of the study is to clarify the relationship beteween film and spirituality, especially transcendence. In particular, its aim is to develop a model which may be useful for assessing and producing “Mormon film,” institutionally as well as otherwise.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Fine Arts and Communications; Theatre and Media Arts

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

1996

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm420

Keywords

Motion pictures, Religious aspects, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Religious films, History, criticism, Transcendentalism, Aesthetics

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