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Hollywood Be Thy Name

African American Religion in American Film, 1929–1949

Judith Weisenfeld

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Theater, Ballett


From the earliest years of sound film in America, Hollywood studios and independent producers of "race films" for black audiences created stories featuring African American religious practices. In the first book to examine how the movies constructed images of African American religion, Judith Weisenfeld explores these cinematic representations and how they reflected and contributed to complicated discourses about race, the social and moral requirements of American citizenship, and the very nature of American identity.

Drawing on such textual sources as studio production files, censorship records, and discussions and debates about religion and film in the black press, as well as providing close readings of films, this richly illustrated and meticulously researched book brings religious studies and film history together in innovative ways.

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Judith Weisenfeld



american film culture, movies, film, american citizenship, wartime, racial authenticity, sound film, religion and film, african american religious practices, moral landscape, american film history, hollywood, studio production films, race films, movie studies, film studies, censorship records, film history, hollywood studios, african american films, american identity, race in america, cinema, african american religion, movie history, religious, history, independent filmmakers, cultural studies