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Celluloid Sermons : The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986 / Terry Lindvall, Andrew Quicke.

Author/Creator:
Lindvall, Terry author., Author,
Publication:
New York, NY : New York University Press, [2011]
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Book
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Christian films -- History and criticism -- United States.
Christian films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Christianity in motion pictures -- United States.
Christianity in motion pictures.
Motion picture industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures in Christian education.
Motion pictures -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Christian filmmaking, done outside of the corporate Hollywood industry and produced for Christian churches, affected a significant audience of church people. Protestant denominations and individuals believed that they could preach and teach more effectively through the mass medium of film. Although suspicion toward the film industry marked many conservatives during the early 1930s, many Christian leaders came to believe in the power of technology to convert or to morally instruct people. Thus the growth of a Christian film industry was an extension of the Protestant tradition of preaching, with the films becoming celluloid sermons. Celluloid Sermons is the first historical study of this phenomenon. Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke highlight key characters, studios, and influential films of the movement from 1930 to 1986-such as the Billy Graham Association, with its major WorldWide Pictures productions of films like The Hiding Place, Ken Curtis' Gateway Films, the apocalyptic "end-time" films by Mark IV (e.g. Thief in the Night), and the instructional video-films of Dobson's Focus on the Family--assessing the extent to which the church's commitment to filmmaking accelerated its missions and demonstrating that its filmic endeavors had the unintended consequence of contributing to the secularization of liberal denominations.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Abbreviations
1. God Talks
2. Evangelical Film Auteurs
3. Methodist and Ecumenical Films
4. Reformed and Dissenting Images
5. The Studio Era of Christian Films
6. The Master Filmmakers
7. Mark IV and Apocalyptic Film
8. Global Film Evangelism
9. Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jun 2020)
Contributor:
Quicke, Andrew, author., Author,
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780814765357
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9780814765357 doi
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