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Catholics have been urged by papal and episcopal injunctions to make the motion pictures the object of positive study. This book will supply the more advanced among Catholics with a basic manual in theties and morality as applied to films. Its approach -- though Catholic in tone -- does not limit its value for all others seriously interested in the impact of movies on our culture. Movies, Moruls and Art is the third in a series of Sheed and Ward books covering this field. The first was The Image Industries by William F. Lynch, and it provoked wide comment in the profession and among serious students of the influence of mass media. The second was Screen Arts by Edward Fischer -- an introduction to the art of the film. The present book brings together Frank Getiein art critic and contributing editor of the New Republic, and the Rev. Marold C. Cardiner, S.J. distinguished literary editor of America, national Catholic weekly review, and author of Cencorship and Norms for the Novel Both approach their subjects from their respective points of view but happily complement and enrich each other's treatment. Mr. Gellein deals with films in the broad context of aesthetics while Father Gardiner, a priest-critic who rejects prudishness as a moral principle, demonstrates that there is a moral dimension to artistic judgment. Here is a book which should stimulate wide discussion for its realistic analysis of a controversial aspect of film-making.

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 1961
Publisher: Sheed and Ward