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Marjoe: Filmed before televangelism became a phenomenon, this biography/expose details the rise, fall, and self-exposure of Marjoe Gortner, a one-time child evangelist and church tent preacher. Marjoe would rather have been a rock star-with a different upbringing might have been-but this is as close as he can get. That he manipulates the spiritual passions of his audience is subordinate to the satisfaction of performing and connecting emotionally. Even as he spouts meaningless religious rhetoric, and takes the money of those expecting miracles and salvation, is he not giving the people exactly what they want, performing the spontaneous and charismatic rites of Pentecostal Christianity in a manner that is skillful and respectful of the traditions and expectations of that faith?
Thoth: Before high rents sent him to New York to live with his mother and perform at Central Park's Angel Tunnel, Thoth was a fixture at BART stations in San Francisco. Thoth's lovely countertenor, adept violin, and haunting, otherworldly songs are employed in service to his fantasy kingdom. Created in his youth, "the Festad" serves as the basis for his opera, but began as a refuge from the racism encountered by those of mixed-race in the 1960s. From son of New York intellectuals to androgynous street performer, Thoth has trod a twisty path, illustrated by this film.
Publisher: New York, NY : Docurama : Distributed by New Video Group, c1972, c2001, 2006
ISBN: 9780767087889
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Thoth
Call Number: DVD 269.2092 MAR


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Oct 10, 2018

This is a great documentary. If you still have any doubts as to how gullible religious believers (especially evangelicals) are, "Marjoe" will put them to rest. Some of the behaviors shown in this film are jaw-droppingly weird, while others are quite funny.

Oct 02, 2017

One of the best documentaries that I have seen about religion. It's just an eye-opener about these evangelists who go around preaching (for money and God). it mainly covers the United Pentecostal denomination of Christianity, which is primarily found in the Southern states. They are called "holy rollers" because they fall on the floor (in the spirit) and roll around. They also dance in the aisles of the church, run around a lot, and so forth. The movie shows ALL of this behavior--it is highly realistic. Reminds me a lot of “The Apostle” where Robert Duvall plays a Pentecostal preacher from Texas (also a great film). But Marjoe blows away Robert Duvall's performance! Probably because he was a REAL preacher.


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