Thursday, October 02, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Deadly Blather

Notes on the devolution of a franchise” by Peter T. Chattaway in Books & Culture: “Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this series is that, if you watch the films in sequential order—the second film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), is actually a prequel that takes place one year before Raiders—you can chart a spiritual journey of sorts from paganism to Judaism to Christianity and, now, alas, to some sort of post-religious, pseudo-scientific, New Age sensibility. In a strangely microcosmic and presumably unintentional form, the spiritual journey of Indiana Jones happens to match that of the civilization which produced him.” Thanks to Robert M. Lindsey.

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