Saints, Clergy and Other Religious Figures on Film and Television, 1895-2003

Saints, Clergy and Other Religious Figures on Film and Television, 1895-2003

by Ann C. Paietta
     
 

The portrayal of clergy, saints, missionaries, monks, and other spiritual leaders dates back to the very beginnings of motion pictures and television. Over the years, filmmakers have portrayed religious figures as heroes and villains, sinners and saints, and nearly everything in between. Through their works, filmmakers have influenced how society viewed these

Overview

The portrayal of clergy, saints, missionaries, monks, and other spiritual leaders dates back to the very beginnings of motion pictures and television. Over the years, filmmakers have portrayed religious figures as heroes and villains, sinners and saints, and nearly everything in between. Through their works, filmmakers have influenced how society viewed these religious figures and, by extension, religion itself.

This work details over 900 films and television series made from the 1890s through 2003 in which a religious figure plays a prominent or recurring role, or in which a character poses as a religious figure. For each motion picture, full filmographic data are provided—including title, studio, running time, year of release, director, producer, writer, and cast—along with a synopsis focusing on the role of the religious figure. Television series are covered in a separate section. For each show, the entry includes the title under which the show was commonly known; the original broadcast network; the years the show ran, running time, and cast; and a brief discussion of the religious character's role in the overall series. Extensively indexed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421862
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ann C. Paietta is the director of the Essex Free Library in Essex, Vermont. She is the author of several books and library-related articles and lives in Essex.

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