Thursday, January 15, 2004

The Passion of the Christ

The New Pantagruel is now online with its first issue, and among the articles is a review essay by Patton Dodd on the much-discussed Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ. Dodd discusses the film as film, as controversy, and as a cultural event for the evangelical community. “The viewer is sickened not by anti-Semitism (or, for that matter, Jewish duplicity), but by the gore and grotesqueness of Roman capital punishment. We often remember that we are watching a movie by the director of Braveheart, and the gruesome brutality that movie poured onto Scottish and English armies is here funneled onto one character.

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