This elective course will study selected classic and popular films from a Catholic viewpoint. These movies will include both overtly religious films, as well as films which explore religious and spiritual themes less directly. Special attention will be given to how movies shape our sense of what “religion” is, where we find it, and how it shapes human relationships and societies. In addition, students will examine how Catholic theology is contained in many films both consciously and unconsciously, and how the lessons these films teach can lead to a better appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith. This course will be writing intensive, requiring students to evaluate and analyze the various viewed films.


To be taken with #234 Literature and Film Criticism.