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Judas, förråder du människosonen med en kyss?: En analys av karaktären Judas Iskariot i filmerna The Last Temptation of Christ och Son of God
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? : An analysis of the character of Judas Iscariot in the movies The Last Temptation of Christ and Son of God (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine the image of Judas Iscariot in popular culture with the help of two movies, The Last Temptation of Christ and Son of God. This study is based on a film analysis where a characterization is in focus. The method has also chosen to include intertextuality. This is because it is relevant to show how writers and filmmakers used the previous materials to create their own versions. Survey theory was based on a mediatisation-theory. This theory holds that the media's influence increases, so that now they can influence what religious beliefs people should have by viewing the version they want on TV. The surveys were done by transcribing parts of the movies, and describe what the character used for body language, how he looked and how he spoke. The study shows that both films chose to portray Judas in completely different ways. One chose to give a more biblical version of Judas, while the other created an alternative image. It was clear to see influences from past stories about Judas and especially the Bible, but also the Gospel of Judas. The results also show that both films chose to portray their version of Judas. This may be in relation to mediatisation creating different images of Judas with the viewers, and then also create new perceptions of him.

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Keyword [en]
film analysis, Judas, mediatisation, popular culture, Christianity
Keyword [sv]
filmanalys, Judas, mediatisation, populärkultur, kristendom
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35079OAI: diva2:784800
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Religious Studies and Theology
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: History (300 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-01-30 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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