The Bible on silent film: spectacle, story and scripture in the early cinema

"Between the advent of motion pictures in the 1890s and the close of the 'silent' era at the end of the 1920s, many of the longest, most expensive and most watched films on both sides of the Atlantic drew upon biblical traditions. David J. Shepherd traces the evolution of the biblical...

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Main Author: Shepherd, David 1972-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge New York Cambridge University Press 2013
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Silent film / Vulgate
B Vulgate / Silent film / History 1890-1930
Further subjects:B Bible In motion pictures
B Silent films Religious aspects
B Bible films History and criticism
B In motion pictures / Bible Bible films / History and criticism Religious aspects / Silent films RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Old Testament
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Summary:"Between the advent of motion pictures in the 1890s and the close of the 'silent' era at the end of the 1920s, many of the longest, most expensive and most watched films on both sides of the Atlantic drew upon biblical traditions. David J. Shepherd traces the evolution of the biblical film through the silent era, asking why the Bible attracted early filmmakers, how biblical films were indebted to other interpretive traditions, and how these films were received. Drawing upon rarely seen archival footage and early landmark films of directors such as Louis Feuillade, D. W. Griffith, Michael Curtiz and Cecil B. DeMille, this history treats well-known biblical stars including Joseph, Moses, David and Jesus, along with lesser-known biblical subjects such as Jael, Judith and Jephthah's daughter. This book will be of great interest to students of Biblical studies, Jewish studies and film studies"--
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-309) and indexes
ISBN:1107042607