By Rhonda Burnette-bletsch
This two-part quantity incorporates a finished choice of essays by means of recognized students concentrating on the reception of the Bible in international cinema. It explores chosen biblical characters and subject matters, administrators whose paintings addresses biblical texts and motifs, specific interpretive lenses, a big selection of movie genres, and quite a few global cinemas. it really is meant for students of the Bible, faith, and picture in addition to for a normal audience.
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Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, japanese college, St. Davids, PA, USA.
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The movie consists of a series of short stories set in modern times (several of which portray the protagonist’s early sexual memories), intercut with scenes from the story of Adam and Eve. In the first of these biblical scenes, a naked dark-skinned man emerges slowly from a shimmering lake. ¹² In subsequent short takes, Adam and Eve will hold hands, enter the lake in order to catch fish, and laughingly explore each other’s genitals. All of this is performed with the curious interest and innocence of children.
Here film mirrors theology and literature. For example, Augustine speculates that Adam ate the fruit offered to him by Eve only because the man “could not bear to be severed from his only companion” (Dods , ). Thomas Aquinas concurs and cites Augustine’s opinion that Adam “consented to the sin out of a certain friendly good-will, on account of which a man sometimes will offend God rather than make an enemy of his friend” (Kyam et al. , ). ” A less flattering portrayal can be found in the movie Young Adam (dir.
The text says simply that she took some of the fruit and ate, “and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate” (3:6). Even the biblical Adam does not accuse Eve of treachery; he simply tells God, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate” (3:13). A less damning portrayal of Eve occurs in Preston Sturges’s 1941 movie The Lady Eve. In the film, Henry Fonda plays Charles Pike, a naive scientist whose interest is wholly taken up with various species of snake.
The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film by Rhonda Burnette-bletsch