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Sanctuary Cinema: Origins of the Christian Film Industry Hardcover – February 12, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0814752104 ISBN-10: 0814752101

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“Lindvall provides his readers with the largely untold story of the beginning decades of the Christian film industry. Now, almost a hundred years later, message movies with a religious core are re-emerging. To understand their current pitfalls and promise, Sanctuary Cinema is important reading. It’s also great fun!“
-Robert K. Johnston,Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue



“Lindvall’s book provides a wonderful and wonderfully readable history of this important period. Issues that churches and those interested in communication, culture, and religion wrestle with today turn out to have appeared almost 100 years ago. Anyone interested in film, religion, theology, and culture should read this book.“
-Paul A. Soukup,S.J., Santa Clara University

“Provides a masterful and fascinating survey of the history of the Christian silent film industry and its demise.“
-John Lyden,author of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals



“It is an engaging story of cooperation, conflict and critique, one that contributes significantly to contemporary studies of religion, popular culture, and the media.“
-Journal of the American Academy of Religion



“Lindvall offers a history of the Protestant Church’s role in making and promoting Christian movies, from the very beginning of the industry (circa 1895) through the end of the silent era. . . . This well-researched book is recommended for large academic and theology collection.“
-Library Journal XPress



“Thoroughly researched and free of jargon, this book fills the gap in film history.“
-Choice

About the Author

Terry Lindvall is C. S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously he taught at Duke University's Divinity School and was the Walter Mason Fellow of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary. He is the former president of Regent University, where he was professor of film and communication and the arts and held the Distinguished Chair of Visual Communication. He is the author of Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis; The Mother of All Laughter: Sarah and the Genesis of Comedy; and The Silents of God: Selected Issues and Documents in Silent American Film and Religion, 1908-1926, among other works.

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