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Death at the Movies
Hollywood's Guide to the Hereafter
Lyn Davis Genelli, Tom Davis Genelli
ISBN: 9780835609166
Book (Paperback)
Quest Books
6 x 9
200 pages
September 3, 2013


"A spiritual tone overlays these authors’ deconstruction of popular movies’ commentary on death and the afterlife. While [the book] reads like a series of columns in a highbrow cinema magazine, the Genellis’ work, like most of the more than sixty movies they mention, is both thoughtful and entertaining. The writing is light and crisp, often humorous with little comic asides about an actor, character, or plot arc, and each of the nineteen chapters could stand on its own as an article in a magazine. As the authors rather charmingly put it, after reading their book, filmgoers will 'never view Casablanca or The Wizard of Oz the same way again.'” –Mark McLaughlin, Foreword Reviews, Fall 2013

"The authors’ analysis draws heavily upon eastern mystical traditions, which provides a unique and potent interpretive lens. Casual fans and film buffs will be encouraged to see these movies again through new eyes." --Publishers Weekly, June 10, 2013

"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
i>It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Resurrection (1980), Poltergeist (1982), Beetlejuice (1988), Ghost (1990), Groundhog Day (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999) — these are only a few of the influential movies in recent decades dealing with the afterlife. But beyond entertainment, do they mean anything? The authors of this wise and well-informed guide believe so. They explore how popular motion pictures, from Outward Bound (1930) to Hereafter, play a perhaps unconscious role in guiding humanity toward its evolutionary comprehension of the meaning and purpose of death. They draw on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Buddhism, and depth psychology to review some of the most spiritually powerful films ever made. Death is, say the authors, at once the most immediate locked door and the ultimate frontier, a staggering paradox that invites us to search for deeper understanding based upon a level of consciousness beyond thought. After reading this book, you’ll never view Casablanca or The Wizard of Oz the same way again.

Lyn Davis Genelli has been a psychotherapist, consultant and workshop leader for over forty years. She is the co-founder of the Bay Area Institute for Integrative Body Psychotherapy. She also teaches hatha yoga and yoga nidra, and is a long-time practitioner of meditation.
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