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This study guide uses Sullivan’s Travels to introduce the process of reading movies according their functions and implications. The larger goal being to find a path for Christian reflection on American culture as embodies in feature films. Accomplishing this goal requires at least two things: one, considering what are, ideally, the purposes and social functions of movies, and two, thinking through the theological implication of movies.
What did Sullivan learn about the purpose and value of movies? Now, how does the character Sullivan’s acquired view of a movie’s presentation of social troubles align with the movie Sullivan’s Travels itself? That is, how does the film handle comedy and social difficulties? SPOILER (do not click until after viewing the film)
Also, it may be useful to work through some general interpretation of the film.
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