Narrative Rhetorical Analysis of Six Hollywood Films About Christ, 1912-2004: The Romanticization of Sacrificial Death

Author: Burton, Aaron V.
Year:2014
Pages:168
ISBN:0-7734-4367-3
978-0-7734-4367-9
Price:159.95
An excellent historical study contributing to the areas of religion, pop culture and rhetoric of Christian themed films about Jesus Christ. The author provides an added dimension of context to his analysis by discussing the cultural milieu that influenced the production, the marketing and the portrayal of the Christ character in these selected films.
Dr Burton’s book discusses popular film interpretations of Christ’s life and how the films’ narratives function rhetorically in an attempt to understand the ways that films about Jesus aid in spreading the message of the Gospels.

Reviews

“Dr. Burton’s book provides a fascinating rhetorical analysis of six Hollywood films about Jesus Christ…His writing maintains scholarly integrity and, at the same time, he has written in a style that audiences from a variety of backgrounds can find clear and engaging.”
-Prof. Emeritus, John J. Makay,
Bowling Green State University


“This book is a necessary resource for anyone doing research into the intersection of religion and popular culture.”
-Prof. Alisa Agozzino,
Ohio Northern University


“One of the most fascinating aspects of this study is the discussion of marketing strategies and their role in the success of this genre of film. Dr. Burton has done an excellent job of researching this difficult to find information. This provides a layer to his analysis that you do not often see in a rhetorical criticism.”
-Prof. Kathie R. Fleck,
Ohio Northern University


Table of Contents

Foreword by John J. MaKay
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION
Research Question and Rhetorical Artifacts
Film Selection Criteria
Selected Films
The Gospels
Procedures and Methods
Application of Narrative Criticism
Review of pertinent Literature
Rhetoric and Religious Film
Structure of Investigation
CHAPTER II. MAJOR MOVIE THEMES
Sacrifice
Vengeance
Summary
CHAPTER III. THE CHRIST CHARACTER
The Passion of The Christ (2004)
From the Manger to the Cross (1912)
The King of Kings (1927)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Summary
CHAPTER IV. PROMOTION AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT
The Passion of The Christ (2004)
From the Manger to the Cross (1912)
The King of Kings (1927)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Summary
CHAPTER V. REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
Summary
Conclusions
REFERENCES
INDEX