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Exploring the Cinema of Transformation and Transcendence






The following is a listing of books that may serve as useful resources for further inquiry into the transpersonal dimensions of film, video, and other forms of audiovisual media.


Books on Spirituality and the Cinema

Broughton, J. (1978). Seeing the light. San Francisco: City Lights.

Ferlitta, E., & May, J. (1976). Film odyssey: The art of film as search for meaning. New York: Paulist Press.

Grace, M. (2005). Reel fulfillment: A 12-step plan for transforming your life through movies. New York: McGraw-Hill

Hendricks, G., & Simon, S. (2005). Spiritual cinema: A guide to movies that inspire, heal, and empower your life. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.

Hurley, N. P. (1970). Toward a film humanism. New York: Dell. An exploration of theological approaches to the cinema.

Lynch, D. (2007). Catching the big fish: Meditation, consciousness, and creativity. New York: Tarcher.

Martin, J. W., & Ostwalt, C. E. (Eds.). (1995). Screening the sacred: Religion, myth, and ideology in popular American film. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Martin, T. (1991). Images and the imageless: A study in religious consciousness and film. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press.

Schrader, P. (1988). Transcendental style in film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer. New York: Da Capo.

Simon, S. (2002). The force is with you: Mystical movie messages that inspire our lives. Charlotesville, VA: Hampton Roads.

Sinetar, M. (1993). Reel power & spiritual growth through film. Ligouri, MO: Triumph Books.

Teague, R. (2000). Reel spirit: A guide to movies that inspire, explore and empower. Unity Village, MI: Unity House.


























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.

Hauke, C., & Alister, I. (Eds.). (2001). Jung and film: Post-Jungian takes on the moving image. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis.

Hesley, J. W. & Hesley, J. G. (2001). Rent two films and let's talk in the morning: Using popular movies in psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.

Hockley, L. (2003). Cinematic projections: The analytical psychology of C. G. Jung and film theory. Hadleigh, Essex, UK: University of Luton Press.

Metz, C. (1986). The imaginary signifier: Psychoanalysis and the cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Munsterberg, H. (2004). The film: A psychological study (R. Griffith, Trans.). Mineola, NY: Dover.

Persson, P. (2003). Understanding cinema: A psychological theory of moving imagery. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Solomon, G. (2005). Cinema parenting: Using movies to teach life's most important lessons. Fairfield, CT: Aslan Publishing.

Solomon, G. (2001). Reel therapy: How movies inspire you to overcome life's problems. New York: Lebhar-Friedman Books.

Solomon, G. (1995). The motion picture prescription: Watch this movie and call me in the morning. Santa Rosa, CA: Aslan Publishing.

Wolz, B. (2005). E-motion picture magic: A movie lover's guide to healing and transformation. Centennial, Colorado: Glenbridge.


Books on General Cinematic Theory

Andrew, D. (1976). The major film theories: An introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

Arnheim, R. (1957). Film as art. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Arnheim, R. (1974). Art and visual perception: A psychology of the creative eye. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Block, B. (2001). The visual story: Seeing the structure of film, TV, and new media. Burlington, MA: Focal Press.

Braudy, L., & Cohen, M. (Eds.) (2004). Film theory and criticism: Introductory readings. New York: Oxford University Press.

Deleuze, G. (1986). Cinema 1: Movement-image (H. Tomlinson & B. Habberjam, Trans.). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Deleuze, G. (1989). Cinema 2: The time-image (H. Tomlinson & R. Galeta, Trans.). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Eisenstein, S. (1969). Film form: Essays in film theory (J. Leyda, Trans.). New York: Harcourt Brace.

Eisenstein, S. (1969). The film sense (J. Leyda, Trans.). New York: Harcourt Brace.

Kracauer, S. (1997). Theory of film: The redemption of physical reality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Metz, C. (1990). Film language: A semiotics of the cinema (M. Taylor, Trans.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Mitry, J. (2000). Semiotics and the analysis of film (C. King, Trans.). London: Athlone Press.

Moholy-Nagy, L. Vision in motion. Chicago: Paul Theobald.

Monaco, J (2000) How to read a film: Movies, media, multimedia. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mulvey, L. (1989). Visual and other pleasures (Theories of representation and difference). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

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.

Stam, R., Burgoyne, R., & Flitterman-Lewis, S. (1992). New vocabularies in film semiotics: Structuralism, post-structuralism and beyond. London: Routledge.

Turner, G. (Ed.). (1999). Film as social practice. London: Routledge.





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