Contemporary film-makers quite willingly employ motifs typical of various gnostic trends. The author shows that ancient gnosticism is a treasury of motifs and a source of aesthetical and narrative strategies present in contemporary cinema. The article treats Jacob’s Ladder (1990, dir. Adrian Lyne) which is analyzed through Gnostic beliefs. In the author’s opinion, this film can be treated as a model where the gnostic thought has been presented in a coherent and systematic manner.
"Climbing a ladder to heaven. Gnostic vision of the world in Jacob's Ladder (1990),"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 19
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol19/iss2/7
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