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Stetson
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Winterbottom wrote:

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brave (extremely fundy) group tried to get the film banned because it was blasphemous.
I'd be curious to know on what grounds they thought the film was blasphemous, since as far as the sequence of events go, The Passion Of The Christ pretty much just follows the narrative outlined in the Bible.

I could see thinking its excessively sadistic, or pruiently homoerotic, but those were more visual overlays on the basic story. Even the anti-semitism was largely just a mixture of one like from the Bible, plus stereotypically rendered images of Jewish people.

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Oh, and I'm curius about something, Annabella.

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The classic blasphemy outing before that was The Life of Brian.
Does this mean that there was no significant controversy in your jurisdiction over Godard's Hail Mary or The Last Temptation Of Christ?

The latter film especially generated a lot of heat in North America, though I'm not sure how much of it was reflected in actual efforts at censorship. It was certainly easy enough to see in my hometown, though I vaguely recall there being security guards at the theatre the night I went.

Hail Mary actually provoked a lot of outrage from the local traditionalist Catholic crowd, though I'm sure if any of them had actually ventured into a screeing, their collective response would have been more along the lines of "Huh?"

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Sorry.

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Even the anti-semitism was largely just a mixture of one like from the Bible
That should be "one line from the Bible".

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I'd never heard of Godard's Hail Mary - must check it out [Big Grin]

I did think that Christian Voice - or one of those types of groups - tried to bring a case of blasphemy against the Jerry Springer musical not so long ago? Perhaps I'm mis-remembering.

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Originally posted by Stetson:
interbottom wrote:

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brave (extremely fundy) group tried to get the film banned because it was blasphemous.
I'd be curious to know on what grounds they thought the film was blasphemous, since as far as the sequence of events go, The Passion Of The Christ pretty much just follows the narrative outlined in the Bible.
That's how the film was promoted, but it contained a fair amount of extra-Biblical material, especially from noted mystic and anti-Semite Anne Catherine Emmerich. I'm not sure there's any reason to play along with the self-serving, self-promoting characterization of the film by its producers as merely "follow[ing] the narrative outlined in the Bible" when that's not really the case.

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I'm not sure there's any reason to play along with the self-serving, self-promoting characterization of the film by its producers as merely "follow[ing] the narrative outlined in the Bible" when that's not really the case.

Well, obviously, there is "no reason" to "play along" with a "self-serving characterization" that is "not really the case". Since that translates into "deliberately going along with a lie", which no one(even a liar) is going to defend.

Anyway, yes, it's quite possible I had an inaccurate perception of the film's biblical fidelity, in which case, I can only hang my head in slight shame and thank you for the correction.

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Originally posted by fletcher christian:
I'd never heard of Godard's Hail Mary - must check it out [Big Grin]


It's actually a nice little film, from what I recall, and one of the director's more accessible pieces. I think having to work within the framework of a well-known and beloved religious narrative probably tamed some of Godard's more meandering excesses.

But it's still Godard, and not entirely linear, in that it actually deals with two stories, ie. the Nativity, plus something about a professor trying to seduce a woman through discussion about God and nature while walking through the woods. The two stories never actually come together, except thematically.

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