Death At The Movies
Hollywood's Guide to the Hereafter
by Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli
"Provocative and slyly perceptive. If there's a screening room in the Buddha's Pure Land, an extra-large bucket of popcorn is waiting there for the Genellis."
—Dean Sluyter, author of Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies
Death at the Movies explores how Hollywood has both unconsciously and consciously conveyed the deepest truths about death and the beyond to a mass audience through motion pictures.
In a nutshell, Death at the Movies is about becoming an intimate friend with your own death and what lies beyond.
"You will never look at these films the same way as you did before." Read what Bill Shepard, author of The Somewhere in Time Story, and others are saying about the Genelli's new book.
"Like the transit realm itself, Casablanca seems arbitrary, dangerous, and confusing."
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Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli
The oscar-nominated film Gravity explores perennial themes of death, rebirth and the transition between the two — a film destined to join the list of classic transit movies.
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J. Ryan Parker
Like all good film criticism books, Death at the Movies reminds me of both why I love classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or Casablanca while introducing me to previously unknown films which will almost surely become new favorites.
While many churches are silent about the afterlife, the broad public has never been more vocal in describing a smorgasbord of images of survival after death, many of which are confirmed by the movies they see.
Death at the Movies is a well-written, thoughtful, and fascinating interpretation of cinema through a completely different filter than most of us are used to.
Death at the Movies offers an important starting point for reflection on how the dominant narrative form of our society both reflects and reinforces our thoughts about the very nature of existence.