Tim Cawkwell's Cinema

Intelligible writing on intelligent film

Film & Religion

I got interested in this as a subject only in the 1980s, although it appears to have been simmering away since I first encountered the films of Robert Bresson in the 1960s. It was given a strong spur by the showing of all Tarkovsky’s films on UK Channel 4 in the 1980s. In a way Tarkovsky’s style is the antithesis of the Bressonian one, and both came in my mind to represent two poles of a religious cinema, the Bressonian one ascetic, the Tarkovskian one abundant. Rossellini and Dreyer are also key. As a result of this fermentation of ideas, I published ‘The Filmgoer’s Guide to God’ in 2004, and now THE NEW FILMGOER'S GUIDE TO GOD has been published in June 2014 both as a paperback and as an e-book.

Essays on films and film-makers that can be read here are:

See also the pages devoted to the work of the French Catholic film-maker Robert Bresson.

For some thoughts on the present vogue for monastery films, here is ‘Filming the Cloisters’.

October 2014