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Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies Hardcover – June 26, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195387848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195387841
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Romanowski is fair-minded, has a fascinating story to tell, and tells it well Tom Aitken, Times Literary Supplement [a] thorough, fact-filled account of the interaction between Protestantism and the American cinema Christopher R. Brewer, Transpositions [a] this labyrinthine history of attempts to regulate the film industry, from the silent era to the present day ... a fascinating history, meticulously researched Pat Ashworth, Church Times

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William Romanowski is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College. His books include Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture (a 2002 ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winner) and Pop Culture Wars: Religion and the Role of Entertainment in America Life.

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Not to be confused with the former NFL linebacker, William "Bill" Romanowski is a nationally recognized scholar and award-winning commentator on the intersection of religion and popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University and is currently Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College where he teaches courses in film and media studies.

Critics commended his book, Pop Culture Wars: Religion and the Role of Entertainment in American Life (1998) as "remarkably balanced" and "a stunning portrait of the interplay of religion and popular culture." His Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture (2001, 2007) won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award. A three-part DVD series based on Eyes Wide Open earned an Aegis Award and a Communicator Award of Distinction.

Dr. Romanowski is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and Faculty Research Award. His latest book, Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies (2012), won the Religious Communication Association Book of the Year Award 2013 and received the President's Author Series Award, Indiana Wesleyan University. Bill is a member of the editorial board of Popular Music and Society, and author of various publications investigating the relation of American Christianity, popular art and culture.


http://www.calvin.edu/~romw/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek on November 3, 2012
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I bought this book because of a positive review in Christianity Today. I found this book well-researched, and a useful perspective on the history of Hollywood. However, I did find this book to be quite academic. Even more than that, I found the book to be quite discouraging and even dispiriting as it detailed all the ego-driven clashes between Hollywood moguls and would-be Protestant reformers, clashes that frequently revolved around the issue of money. While this book is focused primarily upon the efforts of mainline Protestants to reform Hollywood in order to prevent the specter of censorship from becoming a reality, Romanowski also examines the efforts of Catholics and Evangelicals to reform Hollywood. According to Romanowski, it appears as though Catholics actually were most successful at providing moral guidance to Hollywood, while mainline Protestants and Evangelicals have largely failed, despite their tireless efforts.

While this book is an important scholarly addition to the history of Hollywood, I would not recommend it for a popular audience. Instead, I would recommend this book for those who are keenly interested in the history of Hollywood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Herbert F. Lowe on July 9, 2012
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An excellent scholarly history of the relationship of the Protestant Church to the advent and growth of the film industry.
It will be a reference book, and perhaps the only one, on this topic for anyone who is interested in the subject.
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