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Death At The Movies
Hollywood's Guide to the Hereafter
By Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli
"Death at the Movies appeals to the universal wish to know and understand what lies beyond our present existence. With keen insight, Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli use popular films as vehicles to explore perennial spiritual concepts about death and what follows, showing us profound examples of people coming to terms with their ultimate vulnerability as manifested by their unique experiences, and letting go. Their analyses are wise, thoughtful and relatable."
—Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
"Most moviegoers probably don't look to the cinema for answers to the great questions of life and death, or the possibilities of afterlife or rebirth. But Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli make a compelling case that Hollywood sometimes addresses these subjects with surprising insight. Death at the Movies is written with great knowledge of and love for the movies, as one would expect in a work of this nature. But the authors also bring their considerable experiences as human behavior professionals and spiritual practitioners to offer astute interpretations of the films they consider. You will never look at these films the same way as you did before."
—Bill Shepard, author of The Somewhere in Time Story: Behind the Scenes of the Making of the Cult Romantic Fantasy Motion Picture and founder of www.filmblanc.info
"Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli show how what we might casually dismiss as an ephemeral medium actually resonates with important spiritual values. Their close examination of a number of classic films is conducted with both compassion and insight; the reader comes away with an enhanced understanding of the chosen films, what they can teach us about the transition from this life to what comes next, and how our personal values shape that transition. The films they have selected enable them to show us what we can expect when we slip the moorings of this life, let go of what is familiar and safe, and head into the unknown."
—Tom Ruffles, author, Ghost Images: Cinema of the Afterlife
"Provocative and slyly perceptive, both spiritually and cinematically. 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
"An important work existing on many levels—spiritual, cultural, philosophical—a book that deserves to be read. It contains lucid and profound insights which resonate deeply with a classic choice of films, as well as, of course, with life itself."
—Rudy Wurlitzer, screen writer and author
"An amazing cross-over book, it informs while it entertains, weaving classic cinema with the soul's journey. It captures the essence of a highly charged subject with respect and humor. A delicious read!"
—Everett Aison, artist and Founder/Director of The New York School of Visual Arts