Religion: Too Concrete?

Is Christ too sacred to appear in a movie? He was played by Actor H. B. Warner in Cecil B. DeMille's famed King of Kings, made in 1927 and still shown some 1,200 times a year in the U.S. alone. Since then, Hollywood has tended to show Christ only as a shadow, a light, a symbol, a back or a vague outline.

Last week Churchcraft Pictures, which makes religious films for distribution to churches, completed a nationwide survey on whether or not the figure of Christ should be used on the screen. Yes, said four out of five pastors, parochial-school heads and...

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