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@Download E-pub ð In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts (Works of Saint Augustine) Ú Explores A Spiritual Foundation For Creative Film Work And Seeks Ways To Find Common Ground On Which To Build Creative Relationships This Title Is Suitable Not Only To Students And Practitioners Of The Media Arts But Also To Those Interested In This Aspect Of Popular Culture I am not quite sure what Austin aimed to do with this book The list of films in the Brief Spiritual History of Film is excellent, but he barely says anything about any of them The first part of the book offers some tantalizing approaches to producing a spiritually informed cinema, but is again too brief The provocations in part 1 are perhaps interesting enough to be of use to practicing filmmakers, but the rest of the book feels like an outline for an important book, rather than a finished work Is the book merely meant to provoke It certainly shies away from explication.Austin s final chapters on transcendence and modern culture, and faith, are fairly vague, arguing for a move beyond conventional narrative and established film vocabulary but offering scant direction about what this might look like and how it might be achieved He does call for poetic films, in which the faces of ordinary people in ordinary circumstances are made translucent, recalling Roberto Rossellini s postwar work The idea excites me but the state of contemporary cinema suggests an insurmountable challenge to get films concerned with transcendence and the ordinary made and, as importantly, seen Austin suggests the need for a humane and spiritual cinema, but leaves the work of realization to others. This is such a good book overviewing the relationship between films and religion The description of the movies mentioned in here is not too specific but not too general, quite appropriate for me to imagine directors styles and spiritual motives. There are as number of interesting ideas here but the book itself never delves too deeply into any of them This is a shame as the author s Christian faith as well as his professional career in film gives him an interesting perspective The brief essays on directors were, for me, the best part of the book.