This chapter undertakes a survey of active participants on religiously
orientated Reddit threads. Prior research has shown that participants in
online communities tend to be more enthusiastic and more invested in a given
topic than nonparticipants (Duggan and Smith 2013). We assess the degree to
which different religious groups feel motivated to watch biblical epics and
how religiosity predicts watching biblical epic movies. Such research
theoretically contributes to the understanding of the audience for biblical
epics and more broadly contributes to our understanding of the religious
motivations for media consumption. More practically, understanding the
audience for biblical epics could help media producers understand the
boundaries of their audience and the preferences of their audience.
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers memory as a specific framework for the study of popular film, intervening in growing debates about the status and function of memory in cultural life and discourse. It examines the relationship between official and popular history and the constitution of memory narratives in and around the production and consumption of American cinema. The book explores the political stakes of cinematic discourse in its production of national memory. It also examines the discursive and institutional apparatus that has come to support the memory of Classic Hollywood in British cultural life. The book also considers both the presence of music and colour in nostalgia films of the 1990s and the impact of digital and video technologies on the representational determinants of mediated memory.