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The Devil We Know [electronic resource]: An Objective Look at the Prince of Darkness

Parthenon Entertainment (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Where does the familiar image of Satan come from? Does it predate the writing of the Bible? Or did the Devil's persona develop after the New Testament and organized Christianity appeared? This absorbing documentary sheds new light on the Prince of Darkness by examining his manifestations in various religious traditions, in literature and the arts, and in our collective psychology. Experts in theology, history, and culture share their knowledge of Satan's evolution through the centuries, discussing ancient Hebrew scriptures and apocryphal narratives, the influence of pagan imagery (such as horns and a pitchfork) on medieval concepts of the Devil, and the development of the Catholic rites of exorcism. Other topics include cinematic portrayals of demons and devils, the interplay between racial and religious issues in the Faustian legend of bluesman Robert Johnson, mass hysteria about satanic cults during the 1980s, and more.
Release Date
2011
Run Time
48 min.
Language
English
Rating
13 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 12, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Objective Look at the Prince of Darkness
Contents
  • Snapshots of the Devil (2:41)
  • Satan in the Old Testament (3:08)
  • Satan in Religious Fiction (1:49)
  • Satan in the New Testament & in Early Christian Era (3:00)
  • Satan's Animalistic "Makeover" (2:14)
  • Satanic Panic: Witch Trials (1:27)
  • Medieval Superstition: Devil's Music (1:40)
  • Origins of "Deal with the Devil" (1:57)
  • Robert Johnson, Selling One's Soul, & "Devilish" Music (5:41)
  • The Devil, Hollywood, & "The Exorcist" (2:13)
  • Demonic Possession, Exorcism, & Catholic Church (1:47)
  • Mental Illness vs. Demonic Possession (1:12)
  • Devil's Ambitions in "The Exorcist" & Influence of Films on Culture (0:51)
  • 1980s Satanic Panics (2:13)
  • Satanic Churches (1:28)
  • The Devil in Pop Culture (1:45)
  • Allure of the Devil (1:45)
  • Heavy Metal & the Devil (2:25)
  • Taking the Devil Seriously (4:31)
  • Belief in a Conceptual Devil (3:45)
  • Credits: The Devil We Know: An Objective Look at the Prince of Darkness (0:17)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2011.
Publisher no.
49442 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (48 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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