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Freedom and Entertainment

Freedom and Entertainment
Rating the Movies in an Age of New Media


  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521852586

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  • This is a story that Jack Valenti has long tried to keep secret. Freedom and Entertainment is the first book to offer a behind-the-scenes account of the motion picture rating system and the Motion Picture Association of America under Valenti's leadership. The book is based on the private papers and oral history of Richard D. Heffner, who headed the Classification and Rating Administration for two decades, from 1974 to 1994, and who was once called 'the least-known most powerful person in Hollywood.' The story chronicles the often tense working relationship between Heffner and Valenti, and the sometimes bruising encounters Heffner had with such Hollywood heavyweights as Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, George C. Scott, Lew Wasserman, Arthur Krim, Jerry Weintraub, and many others.

    • Tells the story of movie rating that Jack Valenti and the MPAA has tried to keep secret
    • Gives readers a context for understanding how movies fit into the history of American censorship, cultural warfare, politics, and religion
    • Gives readers insight into how motion pictures influence sexuality and violence in society
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521852586
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.585kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. New leaders and a new system
    2. Sex, profanity, and violence
    3. The X rating and the home entertainment revolution
    4. The technology of special effects and the wffects of screen violence
    5. Pornography
    6. The anti-pornography crusade
    7. Hollywood, drugs, and religion
    8. NC-17
    9. Television
    10. The digital future.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Faith and Film
    • Readings in Essential American Liberties
  • Author

    Stephen Vaughn, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Stephen Vaughn has taught the history of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1981. He has been a past Vilas Associate Scholar at Wisconsin and is the recipient of two Fulbright awards. Previous books he's written include Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics, The Vital Past: Writings on the Uses of History, and Holding Fast the Inner Lines: Democracy, Nationalism and the Committee on Public Information.

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