Review of Son of Man: An African Jesus Film, edited by Richard Walsh, Jeffrey L. Staley and Adele Reinhartz

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This collection of academic essays by international religion and Africa scholars focuses upon the Xhosa (and fleeting English and Latin) language film, Son of Man (2006), an award-winning production by British-born, South African theatre and film director, Mark Dornford-May. This book is the latest in an ever-growing list of production histories and academic analyses of religion-themed films. It sits comfortably alongside Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of The Greatest Story Ever Told (Darby 1992), Jean-Luc Godard’s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film (Locke and Warren 1993), Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic, The Ten Commandments (Orrison 1999), Life Is Beautiful, but Not for Jews – Another View of the Film by Benigni (Niv 2003), The Matrix Revealed: The Theology of the Matrix Trilogy (Worthing 2004), The Da Vinci Code Adventure: On the Trail of Fact, Legend, Faith, & Film (Gunn, Wright, and Wright 2006), Conversations with God: The Making of the Movie (Joynes and Walsch 2006), Mel Gibson’s
Bible: Religion, Popular Culture, and The Passion of the Christ (Beal and Linafelt 2006), The Gospel According to Star Wars: Faith, Hope, and the Force (McDowell 2007), Light Up the Darkness: Christianity, Calvinism, and Coherence in the Film I Am Legend (Hubner 2008), The Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film (Couchman 2009), God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves (Asay 2012) and their various peers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Bible and its Reception
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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