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Author Johnson, William Bruce.

Title Miracles & sacrilege : Roberto Rossellini, the church, and film censorship in Hollywood / William Bruce Johnson.

Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  342.730853 JOHN    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 516 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-477) and index.
Contents 1. 'A Business Pure and Simple' -- 2. The Church, 'Modernism,' and 'Americanism' -- 3. A Church of Immigrants -- 4. A New Catholic-American Culture -- 5. Protestantism Balkanized -- 6. Reining In Hollywood -- 7. The Production Code -- 8. The Legion of Decency -- 9. The Breen Office -- 10. The Paramount Case -- 11. Cocktails and Communism -- 12. New Realities -- 13. Visions of Mary -- 14. Mary or Communism -- 15. The Priest as Public Figure -- 16. 'Woman Further Defamed' -- 17. 'A Sense of Decency and Good Morals' -- 18. 'The Law Knows No Heresy' -- 19. In the Supreme Court -- 20. Candour and Shame.
Summary "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 rights, declaring that the First Amendment barred government from banning any film as 'sacrilegious.'" "Using legal briefs, affidavits, and other court records, as well as letters, memoranda, and other archival materials to elucidate what was at issue in the case, William Bruce Johnson also analyses the social, cultural, and religious elements that form the background of this complex and hard-fought controversy, focusing particularly on the fundamental role played by the Catholic Church in the history of film censorship." "Tracing the development of the Church in the United States, Johnson discusses why it found The Miracle sacrilegious and how it attained the power to persuade civil authorities to ban it. The court's decision was not only a milestone in the law of church-state relations, but paved the way for a succession of later decisions that gradually established a firm legal basis for freedom of expression in the arts."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Rossellini, Roberto, 1906-1977. Miracle.
Catholic Church -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures -- Censorship -- United States -- History.
Freedom of speech -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Variant Title Miracles and sacrilege
ISBN 9780802093073 (bound)
0802093078 (bound)
9780802094933 (pbk.)
0802094937 (pbk.)