Original Web Document: http://www.barnard.columbia.edu/religion/pages/relfilm.html
Religion and American Film
Barnard College, private liberal arts college
Course level and type
Undergraduate, no restrictions, lecture
Hours of Instruction
3 hours per week + film screening / 14 week semester
Enrollment and year last taught
25 students, Spring 1999
|"Motion Pictures are going to save our civilization
from the destruction which has successively overwhelmed every civilization of the past.
They provide what every previous civilization has lacked -- namely a means of relief,
happiness, and mental inspiration to the people at the bottom. Without happiness and
inspiration being accessible to those upon whom the social burden rests most heavily,
there can be no stable social system. Revolutions are born of misery and despair."
Mary Gray Peck, General Federation of Womens Clubs, 1917
|"Hollywood is the nearest thing to
"hell on earth" which Satan has been able thus far to establish in this world.
And the influence of Hollywood is undermining the Christian culture and civilization which
our fathers built in this land."
Dan Gilbert, Chairman of the Christian Newspaper Mens Committee to Investigate the Motion Picture Industry, 1942