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Hollywood under siege : Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars

Author: Thomas R Lindlof
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1988, director Martin Scorsese fulfilled his lifelong dream of making a film about Jesus Christ. Rather than celebrating the film as a statement of faith, churches and religious leaders immediately went on the attack, alleging blasphemy. At the height of the controversy, thousands of phone calls a day flooded the Universal Pictures switchboard, and before the year was out, more than three million mailings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Martin Scorsese; Martin Scorsese; Martin Scorsese
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas R Lindlof
ISBN: 9780813125176 0813125170
OCLC Number: 209662215
Description: xi, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Dying dangerously --
Paramount --
Universal --
Morocco --
Fevers under the veil --
Summer of the locust --
Teeth bared, knuckles white --
The big wind-up --
Trouble in flyover country --
Scorched earth blues.
Responsibility: Thomas R. Lindlof.
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In the late 1980s, the major conservative Christian groups suffered a series of public setbacks. This book asserts that the Christian right realigned itself and tried to solidify its self-appointed  Read more...

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