Redeemed in Blood: The Sacramental Universe of Martin Scorsese

  • Author(s): Richard A. Blake S.J.
  • When: 1996-01
  • Where: Journal of Popular Film and Television
  • Shortly after the opening of his film The Lao Temptation of Christ in 1988. director Martin Scorsese, commented, "I made it as a prayer. an act of worship. I wanted to be a priest. My whole life has been movies and religion. That's it. Nothing else." Coining as it did in the aftermath of a vitriolic attack on both the film and its director by conservative church organizations, the assertion may be a bit of an overstatement. It does. however introduce the question of the relationship between religion and movies. and in particular between Catholicism and the films of Martin Scorsese.

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