The Resource Hollywood under siege : Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars, Thomas R. Lindlof

Hollywood under siege : Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars, Thomas R. Lindlof

Label
Hollywood under siege : Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars
Title
Hollywood under siege
Title remainder
Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars
Statement of responsibility
Thomas R. Lindlof
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1988, director Martin Scorsese fulfilled his lifelong dream of making a film about Jesus Christ. Rather than celebrating the film as a statement of faith, churches and religious leaders immediately went on the attack, alleging blasphemy. At the height of the controversy, thousands of phone calls a day flooded the Universal Pictures switchboard, and before the year was out, more than three million mailings protesting the film fanned out across the country. For the first time in history, a studio took responsibility for protecting theaters and scrambled to recruit a "field crisis team" to guide The Last Temptation of Christ through its contentious American openings. Overseas, the film faced widespread censorship actions; thirteen countries eventually banned the film. The response in Europe turned violent when opposition groups sacked theaters in France and Greece and caused injuries to dozens of moviegoers." "Twenty years later, Thomas R. Lindlof offers a comprehensive account of how this provocative film came to be made and how Universal Pictures and its parent company MCA became targets of the most intense, unremitting attacks ever mounted against a media company. The film faced early and determined opposition from elements of the religious right when it was being developed at Paramount during the last year the studio was run by the celebrated troika of Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. By the mid-1980s, Scorsese's film was widely regarded as unmakeable - a political stick of dynamite that no one dared touch. Through the joint efforts of two of the era's most influential executives, CAA president Michael Ovitz and Universal Pictures chairman Thomas P. Pollock, this improbable project found its way into production." "Hollywood Under Siege draws on interviews with many of the key figures - Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Michael Ovitz, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jack Valenti, Thomas P. Pollock, and Willem Dafoe - to explore the trajectory of the film from its conception to the subsequent epic controversy and beyond. Lindlof offers a fascinating dissection of a critical episode in the embryonic culture wars, illuminating the explosive effects of the clash between the interests of the media industry and the forces of social conservatism."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lindlof, Thomas R
Dewey number
791.43/72
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1997.L3443
LC item number
L56 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Scorsese, Martin
Label
Hollywood under siege : Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars, Thomas R. Lindlof
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-380) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dying dangerously -- Paramount -- Universal -- Morocco -- Fevers under the veil -- Summer of the locust -- Teeth bared, knuckles white -- The big wind-up -- Trouble in flyover country -- Scorched earth blues
Control code
ocn209662215
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 394 pages
Isbn
9780813125176
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008015671
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)209662215
Label
Hollywood under siege : Martin Scorsese, the religious right, and the culture wars, Thomas R. Lindlof
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-380) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dying dangerously -- Paramount -- Universal -- Morocco -- Fevers under the veil -- Summer of the locust -- Teeth bared, knuckles white -- The big wind-up -- Trouble in flyover country -- Scorched earth blues
Control code
ocn209662215
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 394 pages
Isbn
9780813125176
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008015671
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)209662215

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