Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment, By Brian Godawa

Hollywood Worldviews

Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Brian Godawa

Hollywood Worldviews
  • Length: 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: May 27, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3713
  • ISBN: 9780830837137

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Do you watch movies with your eyes open?

You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. Celluloid images flash at twenty-four frames per second, and the hypnotic sequence of moving pictures coaxes you to suspend disbelief and be entertained by the implausible.

Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. Do you find yourself hoping that a sister will succeed in seducing her sibling's husband, that a thief will get away with his crime, that a serial killer will escape judgment? Do you, too, laugh at the bumbling priest and seethe at the intolerant and abusive evangelist? Do you embrace worldviews that infect your faith and then wonder, after your head is clear, whether your faith can survive the infection?

In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his popular book, Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies. Hollywood Worldviews helps you enter a dialogue with Hollywood that leads to a happier ending, one that keeps you aware of your culture and awake to your faith.

"Any Christian wanting to understand modern film from the viewpoint of its message, its moral premise, will find Godawa's Hollywood Worldviews a must-read. A film must be approached from more than one direction to do justice to it, but an understanding of its worldview is a requirement. There is no better book available on the subject."

Jack Hafer, producer, and chairman of cinema and media arts at Biola University


Foreword by Ralph Winter
Preface: God Loves Movies

Act 1: Storytelling in the Movies
1 Sex, Violence and Profanity
2 Stories and Mythology
3 Redemption

Act 2: Worldviews in the Movies
4 Existentialism
5 Postmodernism
6 Other Worldviews

Act 3: Spirituality in the Movies
7 Jesus
8 Christianity
9 Faith
10 Spiritual Warfare

Dénouement: Watching Movies with Eyes Wide Open


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Brian Godawa

Brian Godawa is an award-winning screenwriter. He has also taught and written on film and philosophy, screenwriting, and the art of watching movies. Four of his screenplays have won multiple awards in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Heart of Film, Fade-In, Worldfest, Writer's Network, Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Columbus Discovery Award, and Reader's Digest Screenplay Competition.