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Father Blake has been a familiar name to America's readers for over 30 years. From 1971 to 1985 he published over 50 articles in America in addition to book reviews and editorials. In 1975 he became America's regular film reviewer. He also served as managing editor and executive editor of America and director of the Catholic Book Club. After teaching film studies at Georgetown and Le Moyne College, he became a professor of fine arts and co-director of the Film Studies Program at Boston College. In September 2002, he also became chair of the Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality and editor of Jesuit Studies. He is author of Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination of Six American Filmmakers, Street Smart: The New York of Lumet, Allen, Scorsese and Lee and Woody Allen.

FaithVantage Point
Richard A. Blake
From 1977: How Catholic journals covered the perilous journey of Jack and Jill up that treacherous hill in 1977.
Books
Richard A. Blake
Yes, Peter O’Toole did have a life after “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Orson Welles in ”Citizen Kane”
Film
Richard A. Blake
"In short, it is the story of a media manipulator who strove to turn his celebrity into elective office. Draw what parallels you may."
Books
Richard A. Blake
'Groucho Marx,' by Lee Siegel
Arts & CultureVantage Point
Richard A. Blake
"Star Wars" is original and surprising. It is witty, not only in its comic dialogue, but in its ability to spoof itself and the science-fiction genre without going for the cheap laugh.
Richard A. Blake
This year marks the centennial of D. W. Griffith’s masterpiece, “The Birth of a Nation.” Who cares? Or who should? After all, it’s really only an embarrassing antique. Film historians have long extolled its artistic innovation as the foundation of the modern motion picture. S
Richard A. Blake
A selection of reviews of Woody Allen's films from former America film critic and Allen biographer, Richard A. Blake, S.J.
Books
Richard A. Blake
In search of the real Thornton Wilder
Books
Richard A. Blake
The outlandish, out-sized life of Sarah Bernhardt
Books
Richard A. Blake
Robert Bresson's films explore the mysteries of grace.