“The Eyes of All People Are Upon Us”

American Civil Religion and the Birth of Hollywood
  • Kris Jozajtis
Part of the Religion/Culture/Critique book series (RCCR)


Although serious writing on religion and the cinema can be traced back at least as far as the late 1960s, with a considerable expansion having taken place over the last decade or so, this literature has, if truth be told, made little impact on the mainstream of either film and media studies or religious studies. Overwhelmingly theological in its orientation and based almost entirely on the analysis of films as “texts,” scholarship on religion and film and religion has grown into a lively subfield of its own, without ever really gaining the credibility of its parent disciplines.1 This is especially apparent in work on American culture, the world’s most important market for film production and reception.


National Identity Motion Picture Civil Religion Protestant Church White Supremacism 
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