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The Religious Affiliation of Director
Frank Capra


From: William Park. "The Fifty Best Catholic Movies of All Time", Crisis 15, no. 10 (March 1997): 82-91 (URL: http://www.catholic.net/rcc/Periodicals/Crisis/1997-11/f8.html).
It is interesting to note that the three best directors who ever worked in Hollywood, Frank Capra, John Ford, and Alfred Hitchcock, were all practicing Catholics. So much for the detrimental effects in these times of the Church upon art.
From: Axel Madsen. Stanwyck, HarperCollins: New York, NY (1994), page 52:
The director who, with King Vidor, personified American optimism, the virtues of common people, and sophisticated comedy was a man who proved you could be creative and successful in Holywood without going crazy. At thirty-three Frank Capra was a recently divorced charmer who was converting from Catholicism to Christian Science to please his fiancee, Lucille Warner Reyburn.
From: Richard A. Blake, S.J. (a Jesuit), "Finding God at the Movies ... And why Catholic churches produce Catholic Filmmakers", website: Woodstock Theological Center (http://www.georgetown.edu/centers/woodstock/report/r-fea79a.htm):
To an astounding extent that I had never suspected until I started to look into the matter, the movies are really a Catholic medium... Catholics have been... over-represented in the creative side. Think of some of the key filmmakers that even casual film audiences know by name: Hitchcock, John Ford, Frank Capra, Scorsese and Coppola, Leo McCarey, Robert Altman, Michael Cimino, and the master of teen-age horror films Roger Corman.

From review of Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination of Six American Filmmakers, by Richard A. Blake, on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0829415505/qid=992286829/sr=1-2/ref=sc_b_2/107-2516571-8910103):

Neither overtly religious, Frank Capra and Francis Coppola absorbed a kind of ethnic Catholicism through their Italian heritage, an embarrassment to Capra and a source of great pride in Coppola. There are all kinds of ways of being Catholic in America, and Hollywood's welcoming pews provided room for all of them.

From: Rose Pacatte, fsp; review of "Bringing Out the Dead" at Boston Faith & Film Festival, on Pauline Center for Media Studies website, 10 February 2001 (http://www.daughtersofstpaul.com/mediastudies/reviews/filmbootd.html):

It's not easy for a terminally optimistic person to contemplate a film such as Bringing Out the Dead, never mind try to critically examine its on-screen representations try to make sense of death. It is not easy for a woman to watch Bringing Out the Dead because Catholic filmmakers create and operate in a man's world (think of the films of John Ford, Coppola, Hitchcock and even Frank Capra).

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