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Maria Magdalena i hagiopics: En filmanalytisk studie av Maria Magdalenagestalten
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The essay is an exploration of how the character Mary Magdalene is portrayed in a selection of four bible films, so called hagiopics. The purpose of this essay is to compare the films with each other and to study if the portraying of her distinguishes in a comparison. Is there variations of her character in the four films and if that´s the case, how has it been expressed.  The films in this study extend over a period of almost 80 years (1927-2004). Do the films differ in a historical comparison by how they portrait her? This is a film analytic, qualitative, comparing study in the science of religion. The results show that the portraying of Mary Magdalene differs in some ways in a comparison but the overall picture of her remains the same. She is portrayed either as a prostitute or a former prostitute who asks Jesus for forgiveness and finds salvation. The results shows that the way she has been portrayed in the popular culture have given her a roll that doesn´t exist in the Gospels. It seems as if it has become normative to portray her in a one dimensional way in the popular culture. The results show that the picture of her as a former prostitute in hagiopics seems to have become consolidated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Mary Magdalene, film, analysis, hagiopics
Keyword [sv]
Maria Magdalena, film, analys, hagiopics
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108490OAI: diva2:853187
Subject / course
Science of religion
Educational program
Theology Programme - Bachelor Education
Available from: 2015-09-11 Created: 2015-09-11 Last updated: 2015-09-11Bibliographically approved

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