« Catholics to Laud The Hurt Locker, Glee | Main | The Candidates: What's in a Name (or Psalm)? »

February 20, 2010

Films for Religious Study in the Classroom

Andrei Rublev, The Apostle, Babette's Feast top suggested list of 43 movies

M. Leary, co-editor of the excellent online publication Filmwell, has compiled a list of movies with religious themes that he believes would make great fodder for classroom discussion.

"When teaching courses on basic concepts in religious studies and comparative religion, I often find myself wondering what resources the history of cinema has to offer the classroom," he begins. "I often wish I could . . . integrate more cinema into the learning experience."

To that end, he has compiled a list of 43 suggestions, beginning with Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky, 1966), saying "This challenging film tracks a Russian Orthodox iconographer through the turbulent history of Russia, suggesting some complicated things about religion and history along the way. It is a virtual treasury of thoughts on iconography, politics, and religion."

Others on his list include The Apostle, Babette's Feast, Ghandi, Lilies of the Field, The Passion of the Christ, and last year's Coen Brothers film, A Serious Man.

Check out the list, and let us know what you'd add to it -- or subtract from it -- and why.


Everybody forgets "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc."

"The Night of the Hunter" has a visionary Christianity.

I've heard good things about "Monsieur Vincent."

For me, _many_ Cohen brothers films show religious thought, including the Judaism of "Raising Arizona" and "Fargo" and the Christianity of "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?".

making films based on religious feeling is a great thought but making it discuss in the classroom, is it a good idea?
Any is the website of some wonderful movies.