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Miracles & sacrilege : Roberto Rossellini, the Church and film censorship in Hollywood

Author: William Bruce Johnson
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2008.
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"Miracles and Sacrilege is the story of the epochal conflict between censorship and freedom in film, recounted through an in-depth analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down a government ban on Roberto Rossellini's film The Miracle (1950). In this extraordinary case, the court ultimately chose to abandon its own long-standing determination that film was merely a 'business' unworthy of free-speech  Read more...
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Johnson, William Bruce.
Miracles & sacrilege.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608511112
Named Person: Roberto Rossellini; Roberto Rossellini
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Bruce Johnson
ISBN: 9780802093073 0802093078 9780802094933 0802094937
OCLC Number: 145429159
Description: viii, 516 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 'A business pure and simple' --
The church, 'modernism,' and 'Americanism' --
A church of immigrants --
A new Catholic-American culture --
Protestantism Balkanized --
Reining in Hollywood --
The Production Code --
The Legion of Decency --
The Breen Office --
The Paramount Case --
Cocktails and communism --
New realities --
Visions of Mary --
Mary or communism --
The priest as public figure --
'Woman further defamed' --
'A sense of decency and good morals' --
'The law knows no heresy' --
In the Supreme Court --
Candour and shame.
Other Titles: Miracles and sacrilege
Responsibility: William Bruce Johnson.

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Tracing the development of the Church in the United States, Johnson discusses the reasons it found The Miracle sacrilegious and how it attained the power to persuade civil authorities to ban it.  Read more...

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"Some critics hailed The Miracle not only as a tour de force by [Anna] Magnani but as a reverent and even a 'Catholic' work. Francis Cardinal Spellman, the head of the Catholic Church in the United Read more...

 
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