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Reforming Hollywood, by William Romanowski

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I mentioned this book in the "What We're Reading" thread, in which I said I'd launch a dedicated thread on the book once I'd completed it. Now that I've blogged about the book at Patheos, I figure I better follow through. I had some difficulty finding entry into the book's style and content, but once it clicked, I moved through it pretty quickly.

Has anyone else here read it? It's well researched and deals with different streams of Protestant/Evangelical engagement with movies in the 20th century. I submitted my blog post in response to a request for something on the best book(s) I'd read this year, although the post makes no mention of that.

Here's the Christianity Today review. I have no idea if the book has been well received outside of Christian circles.

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Heh...I am so conditioned, I presumed based on the title it was a modern "How to make Hollywood be more Christian" Movieguide type of thing. :)

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Quite the opposite! Romanowski's earlier book Pop Culture Wars came out in the mid-'90s and was written as an explicit rebuttal of the theories being put forth back then by Movieguide and their ilk (especially Michael Medved's Hollywood Vs America).

I was a big fan of that one -- of Romanowski's book, that is. I've got a review copy of Reforming Hollywood myself and hope to read it soon.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Oh, yeah, I did not get a chance to read all of Christian's post about it...but it sounds infinitely more interesting than what sprang to mind from the title. :)

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Hmmm...  I just followed the link, and it says, "Pages 8 to 117 are not shown in this preview."  It then picks up on page 119.

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Never mind, I'm withdrawing my complaint.

Edited by Overstreet

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Oh, apparently I'm quoted on page 211 of Eyes Wide Open, too -- though in a more neutral fashion, I think. (Google won't preview the page before that, so I'm not entirely sure what the context is, but I appear to be quoted in the context of discussing how some films link violence and religion in a positive way.)

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I missed part of this discussion. Were we talking about Romanowski's evaluation of Jeffrey's and Steven's reviews of Brokeback Mountain in Eyes Wide Open (pp. 113-115)?

I think it dates Romanowski to treat Brokeback as a profound work of art. Now that the hullabaloo has died down, Lee's film looks rather like a period piece, though its technical excellence remains undisputed.

Edited by Nathaniel

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