A ‘Spotlight’ on how films about the Catholic Church went from praise to judgment day – LA Times

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, center, and Brian d’Arcy James play Boston Globe journalists documenting sex abuse by priests in "Spotlight." (Kerry Hayes / Open Road Films via AP)

Over at the LA Times yesterday Lewis Beale posted a feature article about how the Catholic church has been covered in films from the 40s until now and how the representation has changed. I think this topic should be someone's doctoral dissertation so that what Beale outlines is explored more thoroughly. I think it was more than the Hayes Production Code and the Legion of Decency that gave us these mostly post WWII images of the Catholic Church in America set in idyllic unrealistic places for … [Read more...]