Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars (Hardback)
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Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 01/07/2008
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In the late 1980s, the major conservative Christian groups suffered a series of public setbacks. In ""Hollywood Under Siege"", Thomas R. Lindlof asserts that the Christian right realigned itself and tried to solidify its self-appointed role as moral regulator of the entertainment industry in response to Martin Scorsese's ""The Last Temptation of Christ"". The film, which was banned from release at some theaters and publicly protested at many others, became a tipping point for the American culture wars. At stake was the freedom of artistic expression from government and religious intervention.""The Last Temptation of Christ"" did not simply alienate audiences of the Christian right but incited them. Lindlof chronicles the many setbacks the filmmakers experienced, from production problems to the uproar following the film's release and the launch of a crisis control plan at the studio. Lindlof conducted interviews with major players behind the movie - including Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Willem Dafoe, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Michael Ovitz - and explores the film's effect on the American cultural and political landscape. Combined film study, studio history, and cultural analysis, ""Hollywood Under Siege"" closely examines the film that jeopardized and reenergized Martin Scorsese's career and served as flash point for the ongoing ideological conflicts between Hollywood and the religious right.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813125176
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 735 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

""No other book has traced the development of a major motion picture from conception through production to reception with the kind of care and detail that Lindlof does here. Hollywood Under Siege provides valuable insight into the machinery of the film industry, and into the machinations of American culture on a broader front as well." - Thomas Schatz, author of The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era and Executive Director of the University of Texas Film Institute" -- Thomas Schatz


""Riveting and accurate. Even though I thought I knew there events, I found myself captured anew."--Paul Schrader, screenwriter and director" -- Paul Schrader, screenwriter and director


""As a study of a landmark moment in American cinema, Lindlof's book is both profound and extremely entertaining."--Los Angeles Times" -- Los Angeles Times


"This is an important contribution to the Scorsese legacy as well as a vital examination of religious right cultural hysteria about a film that was condemned before anyone ever saw a frame." -- National Board of Review


""This is a fascinating study of latter-day movie studio politics and the passionate reactions of Christians to the controversial project." Peter Filichia, www.nj.com" -- Peter Filichia, www.nj.com


""His book gives one of the best available accounts of how Hollywood works."Mark Kamine, Times Literary Supplement" -- Mark Kamine, Times Literary Supplement


""Hollywood Under Siege is valuable as a record of a specific yet seminal event in American film history, showing just how difficult the process of bringing a controversial text to the screen can be."Laurence Raw, Southwest Journal of Cultures" -- Laurence Raw, Southwest Journal of Cultures


""Lindlof weaves a spellbinding narrative that investigates the back stories of the novel, script, and people who contributed in some way to the adaptation of the provocative film and its receptions. He sews fascinating portraits into a larger tapestry, producing a compelling story of group ideology and bellicose ideologies."T.Lindawall, Choice" -- T. Lindwall, Choice


""[The book] seeks to flesh out what really went on inside Universal studios during what was a very real crisis. And, in no uncertain terms, it succeeds."--biblefilms.blogspot.com" -- biblefilms.blogspot.com


"Hollywood Under Siege is valuable as a record of a specific yet seminal event in American film history, showing just how difficult the process of bringing a controversial text to the screen can be." -- Laurence Raw, Southwest Journal of Cultures (southwestjournalofculturalscinema.blogspot.com)


""Lindlof's account is detailed and even exciting. Different aspects of the battle between the religious right and Hollywood are still in play, but this episode from twenty years ago marked an important beginning."" -- The Times of Acadiana


""Lindlof's account of the Last Temptation uproar is fascinating and insightful. It also provides an alternative to a story already told from the perspective of the religious right...."" -- Pamela Grace, www.californiachronicle.com


""[The book] is a revelation. Lindlof's meticulously researched page-turned, which draws from interviews with nearly eighty significant figures involved in the controversy, provides a wealth of detail about Universal's massive effort to bring film to the screen without bloodshed and the Christian right's highly organized attempts to suppress, or even burn, the picture."" -- Pamela Grace, Cineaste


""Thomas R. Lindlof's Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, The Religious Right, and the Culture Wars is a must-own book that tracks not only the tortured route Temptation took to the screen and it's production, but the insane backlash the film caused in the Christian community."" -- David Faraci, chud.com


"Lindlof's book is a very readable, revealing account." -- senses of cinema


"Thomas Lindlof has produced a compelling -- and often hopeful -- chapter in the long, depressing history of censorship." -- Colin O'Shea, Bright Lights Film Journal


"Lindlof has meticulously researched the history of the film from its initial optioning to its ultimate fate, up to the present time, successfully placing it into cultural context. Although extremely detailed, the book is readable and eminently instructive." -- Roy Leibman, LibraryJournal.com

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