Spirituality and the Cinema
Broughton, J. (1978). Seeing the light.
San Francisco: City Lights. The classic spiritual and transpersonal
filmmaking manual by avant-garde filmmaker and poet James Broughton.
Ferlitta, E., & May, J. (1976). Film
odyssey: The art of film as search for meaning. New York:
Paulist Press. An exploration of spirituality, religion, and film.
Hurley, N. P. (1970). Toward a film
humanism. New York: Dell. An exploration of theological approaches
to the cinema.
Martin, J. W., & Ostwalt, C. E. (Eds.).
(1995). Screening the sacred: Religion, myth, and ideology in popular
American film. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. An exploration of the
religious and mythological aspects of the cinematic medium.
Martin, T. (1991). Images and the
imageless: A study in religious consciousness and film. Lewisburg,
PA: Bucknell University Press. A comparison of religious thought and the
language of the cinema.
Schrader, P. (1988). Transcendental style
in film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer. New York: Da Capo. An exploration of
the transcendental cinematic style.
S. (2002). The force is with you: Mystical movie messages that
inspire our lives. Charlotesville, VA: Hampton Roads. A popular
exploration of the mystical capacities of the cinema by one of the
leaders of the new spiritual cinema movement.
R. (2000). Reel spirit: A guide to movies that inspire, explore and
empower. Unity Village, MI: Unity House. A self-help oriented New
Thought analysis and review of spirituality in films.
Books on Psychology and the Cinema
Condon, T. (1994). The enneagram movie
and video guide: How to see personality styles in the movies. Bend,
OR: The Changeworks. A self-help oriented analysis of enneagram
personality patterns in the cinema.
Hauke, C., & Alister, I. (Eds.). (2001).
Jung and film: Post-Jungian takes on the moving image.
Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis. Jungian and post-Jungian
perspectives of film analysis.
Hockley, L. (2003). Cinematic
projections: The analytical psychology of C. G. Jung and film theory.
Hadleigh, Essex, UK: University of Luton Press. An introduction to
post-Jungian interpretations of the cinematic experience.
Metz, C. (1986). The imaginary signifier:
Psychoanalysis and the cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University
Press. A Lacanian and psychoanalytic interpretation of the cinematic
medium by a film theory pioneer.
H. (2004). The film: A psychological study (R. Griffith, Trans.).
Mineola, NY: Dover. A classic on cinematic structural psychology.
Persson, P. (2003). Understanding cinema:
A psychological theory of moving imagery. New York: Cambridge
University Press. A psychological analysis of the moving image.
G. (1995). The motion picture prescription: Watch this movie and call
me in the morning. Santa Rosa, CA: Aslan Publishing. A self-help
oriented cinematherapy analysis of 200 movies by a practicing
Books on General
Andrew, D. (1976). The major film
theories: An introduction. New York: Oxford University Press. A good
introduction to the major film theories.
Arnheim, R. (1957). Film as art.
Berkeley: University of California Press. A classic scholarly analysis
of the psychological and physiological dimensions of the cinematic art
Arnheim, R. (1974). Art and visual
perception: A psychology of the creative eye. Berkeley: University
of California Press. A seminal work in audiovisual expression.
Block, B. (2001). The visual story:
Seeing the structure of film, TV, and new media. Burlington, MA:
Focal Press. A comprehensive textbook on the art and science of
cinematic expression by a direct disciple of cinematic expression
pioneer Lestor Novros.
Braudy, L., & Cohen, M. (Eds.) (2004). Film
theory and criticism: Introductory readings. New York: Oxford
University Press. A revised version of a classic anthology of film
theories and critical analysis that provides a good introduction to the
language of film studies.
Deleuze, G. (1986). Cinema 1:
Movement-image (H. Tomlinson & B. Habberjam, Trans.).
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. A renowned treatise on the
unique language of movement in the cinematic art form.
Deleuze, G. (1989). Cinema 2: The
time-image (H. Tomlinson & R. Galeta, Trans.). Minneapolis:
University of Minnesota Press. A renowned treatise on the unique
language of time in the cinematic art form
Eisenstein, S. (1969). Film form: Essays
in film theory (J. Leyda, Trans.). New York: Harcourt Brace. A
collection of cinematic theory essays written by one of the cinema’s
most celebrated theorists.
Eisenstein, S. (1969). The film sense
(J. Leyda, Trans.). New York: Harcourt Brace. The classic treatise on
the cinematic art form by one of the cinema’s most celebrated
Kracauer, S. (1997). Theory of film: The
redemption of physical reality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
Press. A classic theoretical study of the idiosyncratic qualities of the
Metz, C. (1990). Film language: A
semiotics of the cinema (M. Taylor, Trans.). Chicago: University of
Chicago Press. An exploration of the application of structural
linguistics to the language of film by a major film theorist.
Mitry, J. (2000). Semiotics and the
analysis of film (C. King, Trans.). London: Athlone Press. A classic
work on film semiotics.
Moholy-Nagy, L. Vision in motion.
Chicago: Paul Theobald. A major theoretical work on visual
J (2000) How to read a film: Movies, media, multimedia. New York:
Oxford University Press. An introduction to the aesthetics, politics,
economics, theory, and phenomenology of the moving image medium.
L. (1989). Visual and other pleasures (Theories of representation and
difference). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. A classic in
feminist interpretations of the cinematic medium.
Nilsen, V. (1959). The cinema as a
graphic art: On a theory of representation in the cinema (S.
Garry, Trans.). New York: Hill and Wang. A classic in the art of filmic
R., Burgoyne, R., & Flitterman-Lewis, S. (1992). New vocabularies
in film semiotics: Structuralism, post-structuralism and beyond.
London: Routledge. A comprehensive analysis of the semiotics of the
language of the cinema including transpersonal and integral
G. (Ed.). (1999). Film as social practice. London: Routledge. An
analysis of the cinematic medium from a sociological and cultural
Cineaste. A journal on the art and
politics of the cinema. 304 Hudson Street, 6th Floor, New
York, NY 10013.
Cinema Journal. A scholarly journal
of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. University of Texas Press,
Journals Division, P.O. Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713.
Convergence: The International Journal of
Research into New Media Technologies. School of Media, Art and
Design, University of Luton, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3JU,
Film Quarterly. One of the major
journals on the cinematic arts. University of California Press, Journals
Division, 2000 Center Street, Suite 303, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Journal of Media Psychology. A
journal exploring the psychological impact of the media on individuals
and cultures. Media Psychology Research Institute (MPRI), Mail Box #
333, 1809 W. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62901.
Journal of Psychological Inquiry.
refereed undergraduate psychology journal that includes inquires into
psychology and the cinema. Department of Psychology, Creighton
University, Omaha, NE 68178-0321.
Online Journals, Archives, and Indexes
on Cinematic Media
Consciousness, Literature and the Arts:
An online peer-reviewed journal exploring the relationship between
consciousness, literature, and the arts, including film, video, and new
The Film Journal: http://www.thefilmjournal.com/index.html.
An online forum for eclectic film analysis, criticism, and discussion.
The Film Literature Index: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/fli/advancedSearch.jsp.
A free online database of over 700,000 citations to film and television
articles and reviews.
An online salon-journal dedicated to philosophical explorations of world
Image [&] Narrative: http://www.imageandnarrative.be/.
A peer-reviewed e-journal on visual narrative studies.
International FilmArchive Database
– International Index to Film/TV Periodicals:
Major databases for periodicals on film and television. Requires
institutional affiliation or individual membership.
Journal of Religion and Film: http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/.
An online peer-reviewed journal exploring the relationship between
religion and the cinema.
A peer-reviewed online journal for the psychological study of the arts,
including film and the visual arts.
Film Analysis Site: http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/htmfiles/intro.htm.
An online tutorial for faculty and students interested in learning the
vocabulary of film studies and cinematic techniques.