TCM Classic Film Festival April 28-May 1, 2016 Hollywood

 If you are a film buff and like classic films from every era, don't miss the upcoming TCM Film Festival April 28 - May 1st.What's really cool is that I will be introducing "The Song of Bernadette" on Saturday evening, April 30 and "The King of Kings" on Sunday, May 1 (this year marks the film's 55th anniversary.) There are a few more of my favorite films playing such as "The Keys of the Kingdom." It's an excellent slate of films.Click here for all the films. The site is very … [Read more...]

The power of movies about nuns: “Seeing the Light, Hearing the Call…”

I am so pleased to announce the publication of a superb article at the University of Nebraska's online Journal for Religion and Film about how movies about nuns influenced many young women in their discernment and decision to enter religious life. The article," Seeing the Light, Hearing the Call: Women Religious as Spectators and Subjects of Popular Nun Films" is by Professor Maureen Sabine of the University of Hong Kong. It follows her 2013 book: VEILED DESIRES: INTIMATE PORTRAYALS OF NUNS IN P … [Read more...]

The Catholic Legion of Decency – a bibliography

I am posting this bibliography as a reference to the Turner Classic Movies series "Condemned" that I am hosting on the Thursdays of March, 2016 (17 of the 27 films, that is.) Please feel free to add titles that I may have missed and refer to my previous post with a paper on the history of the Catholic Legion of Decency. These titles are listed on Amazon but some are no longer available or are very expensive; a library may be your best bet to reference these.Catholic Crusade Against the … [Read more...]

Statement from Daughters of St. Paul: “Condemned” series on TCM hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte

Statement from the Daughters of St. PaulBeginning on Thursday, March 3, Sr. Rose Pacatte, the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA, will be providing introductions and commentary on a series of films for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) entitled “Condemned.” While the title is provocative, the subject consists in twenty-seven films that were condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency between the years 1933 – 1965, and then some in the following years … [Read more...]

“Censoring the Silver Screen” a History of the Legion of Decency

This paper was written by Sister Nancy Usselmann, FSP in 2013 as a Church History project. It's a good overview of the history of the Legion of Decency in view of the upcoming series on TCM "Condemned" that I will be hosting (all the Thursdays of March, 2016).HISTORY OF MOVIE CENSORSHIP IN THE UNITED STATESLong before the Catholic Church became officially involved in rating the morality in films, the Motion Picture Industry itself had developed it’s own form of self- censorship due to … [Read more...]

‘Jurassic World’ – No dinosaurs with pink feathers, but questionable ethics

 Below is the feature article I wrote on the science and philosophy in "Jurassic World" but I want to add a couple of things. First, the engineering science of Dallas Bryce Howard's high heeled shoes ought to have been mentioned. She wore them throughout and I think she even walked backwards sometimes. This feat defied nature. I would have mentioned the dinosaur brain science but I was not able to hear everything that Professor Horner said about this at the press day event. But it was … [Read more...]

Anne Frank’s 85th birthday: the girl behind the diary

In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.I think most of us have read or know about The Diary of Anne Frank (or Anne Frank: The … [Read more...]

Mother Dolores Hart to host TCM tonight: “Lisa”, “Laura”, “The Song of Bernadette” and “The Rose Tatoo”

I so meant to post this last week! As you probably know, Mother Dolores published her autobiography last year: and I wrote about her coming to our Pauline Book & Media Center in Culver City in my blog. What a grand time it was!Click here for  Turner Classic Movies website .Here's a preview of "Lisa":   … [Read more...]

Roma Downey & Mark Burnett sign on for 2016 ‘Ben-Hur’ reboot

 On Friday Mike Fleming, Jr., posted this news about the remake of "Ben-Hur" over at Deadline. My big question is will this new film include the entire story, including the role that Balthazar's daughter Iras has in the entire tale.I don't know how you can remake a film like "Ben-Hur" and that spectacular chariot race (do you know how long it really lasts? See below.)Who could ever play Judah Ben-Hur? Chris Helmsworth? Channing Tatum? If only Brad Pitt were younger but even … [Read more...]


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