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Religion and Metaphysics in Film 101

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Further viewing: These films deal explicitly with religion, metaphysics and/or existential philosophy—and serve as excellent though-provokers and discussion-starters.

1. Babette’s Feast [Gabriel Axel]
2. Jésus of Montréal [Denys Arcand]
3. 13 Conversations About One Thing [Jill Sprecher]
4. Waking Life [Richard Linklater]
5. My Dinner with Andre [Louis Malle]
6. Ordet [Carl Theodor Dreyer]
7. The Mission [Roland Jožé]
8. Wings of Desire [Wim Wenders]
9. Crimes and Misdemeanors [Woody Allen]
10. Bad Lieutenant [Abel Ferrara]
11. Gospel According to St. Matthew [Pier Paolo Pasolini]
12. Breaking the Waves [Lars von Trier]
13. The Last Temptation of Christ [Martin Scorsese]
14. The Passion of Joan of Arc [Carl Theodor Dreyer]
15. La Dolce Vita [Federico Fellini]
16. Magnolia [Paul Thomas Anderson]

View the following collections over the 16-week course:

Satyajit Ray collection: The Apu trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu)
Akira Kurosawa collection: Ikiru, Dersu Uzala, Rashomon, Seven Samurai
Krzysztof Kieslowski collection:The Decalogue, “Three Colors trilogy” (Blue, White, Red), The Double Life of Veronique
Robert Bresson collection:Diary of a Country Priest, Au Hasard Balthazar, A Man Escaped
Andrei Tarkovsky collection:Andrei Rublev, The Sacrifice, Solaris, Stalker, The Mirror
Ingmar Bergman collection:The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence), Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Six (Extra credit: Seasons 1-7, Season 1&2 of Angel)

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