The Catholic Crusade Against the Movies, 1940-1975
For more than three decades the Catholic church through its Legion of Decency had the power that modern politicians only dream about: the power to control the content of Hollywood films. The Catholic Crusade against the Movies, 1940-1975 details how a religious organization got control of Hollywood and how films like The Outlaw, Duel in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, Lolita, and Tea and Sympathy were altered by the Legion to make them morally acceptable. Documenting the inner workings of the Legion, this book also examines how the changes in the movie industry, the Catholic church, and American society at large in the post-World War II era eventually conspired against that institution's power and lead to its demise.
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