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The Resource Reforming Hollywood : how American Protestants fought for freedom at the movies, William D. Romanowski

Reforming Hollywood : how American Protestants fought for freedom at the movies, William D. Romanowski

Label
Reforming Hollywood : how American Protestants fought for freedom at the movies
Title
Reforming Hollywood
Title remainder
how American Protestants fought for freedom at the movies
Statement of responsibility
William D. Romanowski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Hollywood and Christianity often seem to be at war. Indeed, there is a long list of movies that have attracted religious condemnation, from Gone with the Wind with its notorious 'damn,' to The Life of Brian and The Last Temptation of Christ. But the reality, writes William Romanowski, has been far more complicated--and remarkable. In Reforming Hollywood, Romanowski, a leading historian of popular culture, explores the long and varied efforts of Protestants to influence the film industry. He shows how a broad spectrum of religious forces have played a role in Hollywood, from Presbyterians and Episcopalians to fundamentalists and evangelicals. Drawing on personal interviews and previously untouched sources, he describes how mainline church leaders lobbied filmmakers to promote the nation's moral health and, perhaps surprisingly, how they have by and large opposed government censorship, preferring instead self-regulation by both the industry and individual conscience. 'It is this human choice,' noted one Protestant leader, 'that is the basis of our religion.' Tensions with Catholics, too, have loomed large--many Protestant clergy feared the influence of the Legion of Decency more than Hollywood's corrupting power. Romanowski shows that the rise of the evangelical movement in the 1970s radically altered the picture, in contradictory ways. Even as born-again clergy denounced 'Hollywood elites,' major studios noted the emergence of a lucrative evangelical market. 20th Century-Fox formed FoxFaith to go after the 'Passion dollar,' and Disney took on evangelical Philip Anschutz as a partner to bring The Chronicles of Narnia to the big screen. William Romanowski is an award-winning commentator on the intersection of religion and popular culture. Reforming Hollywood is his most revealing, provocative, and groundbreaking work on this vital area of American society." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
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Romanowski, William D
Dewey number
261.5/7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
BR517
LC item number
.R56 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Motion pictures
  • United States
  • United States
  • Religion och film, USA
  • Religion och filmindustrin, USA
  • Film
Label
Reforming Hollywood : how American Protestants fought for freedom at the movies, William D. Romanowski
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reforming the movies: what could possibly go wrong? -- The Federal Council of Churches enters the frame -- Putting a Presbyterian in charge of Hollywood -- On the trail of the serpent: Will Hays and the Protestant crusade -- Protestants and Hollywood at the crossroads -- The worst that could happen: a Catholic legion of "decency" -- One foot in Hollywood: the Protestant Film Commission -- Movie consulting, Protestant style -- High noon in the broadcasting and film commission -- And the winner is: the Protestant film awards -- No longer a dirty word: this film will now be rated -- A changing of the guard -- The curious case of evangelicals
Control code
ocn754105638
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 298 p., [14] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195387841
Lccn
2011037884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195387841
  • (OCoLC)754105638
Label
Reforming Hollywood : how American Protestants fought for freedom at the movies, William D. Romanowski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reforming the movies: what could possibly go wrong? -- The Federal Council of Churches enters the frame -- Putting a Presbyterian in charge of Hollywood -- On the trail of the serpent: Will Hays and the Protestant crusade -- Protestants and Hollywood at the crossroads -- The worst that could happen: a Catholic legion of "decency" -- One foot in Hollywood: the Protestant Film Commission -- Movie consulting, Protestant style -- High noon in the broadcasting and film commission -- And the winner is: the Protestant film awards -- No longer a dirty word: this film will now be rated -- A changing of the guard -- The curious case of evangelicals
Control code
ocn754105638
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 298 p., [14] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195387841
Lccn
2011037884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195387841
  • (OCoLC)754105638

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