Cross And The Cinema

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Overview

Skinner reveals how the Roman Catholic Church, through its agency, the National Legion of Decency, dominated the American film censorship scene in tandem with the Production Code Administration. In its heyday in the 1930s and 40s, the Legion claimed a membership of over eleven million Americans--about one moviegoer in twelve--and brought movie moguls such as David O. Selznick and Howard Hughes to their knees in determined campaigns to bar what it deemed unsuitable entertainment. Some of the most controversial titles in the annals of movie censorship, including The OutlaW, Duel in the Sun, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Pawnbroker, are featured as targets of clerical wrath in this study which covers four decades of film history.

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Skinner (history and film, U. of Vancouver, BC) reveals how the Roman Catholic Church, through its agency, the National Legion of Decency and in tandem with the Production Code Administration, played a pivotal role in dictating the content of American motion pictures for nearly three decades. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275941932
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1993
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES M. SKINNER, Professor of History and Film at Brandon University in Manitoba for twenty-six years, has contributed several articles on film censorship to journals in Canada and the U.S.A.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

American Film Censorship to 1933

The Social Setting for Control

The Formation of the Legion of Decency

Early Days

Heyday and Hegemony

Cracks in the System

Goodbye Legion, Welcome NCOMP

Decline

Conclusion

Appendixes

Select Bibliography

Index

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