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Topic 68 of 69: Passion of the Christ

Fri, Mar 19, 2004 (12:58) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST / **** (R)

February 24, 2004

Jesus, the Christ: James Caviezel
Mary: Maia Morgenstern
Mary Magdalene: Monica Bellucci
Pontius Pilate: Hristo Shopov
Caiaphas: Mattia Sbragia
Judas: Luca Lionello
Claudia: Claudia Gerini
Gesmas: Francesco Cabras
Satan Rosalinda Celentano

BY ROGER EBERT FILM CRITIC

If ever there was a film with the correct title, that film is Mel Gibson's
"The Passion of the Christ." Although the word passion has become mixed up
with romance, its Latin origins refer to suffering and pain; later
Christian theology broadened that to include Christ's love for mankind,
which made him willing to suffer and die for us.

The movie is 126 minutes long, and I would guess that at least 100 of
those minutes, maybe more, are concerned specifically and graphically with
the details of the torture and death of Jesus. This is the most violent
film I have ever seen.

I prefer to evaluate a film on the basis of what it intends to do, not on
what I think it should have done. It is clear that Mel Gibson wanted to
make graphic and inescapable the price that Jesus paid (as Christians
believe) when he died for our sins. Anyone raised as a Catholic will be
familiar with the stops along the way; the screenplay is inspired not so
much by the Gospels as by the 14 Stations of the Cross. As an altar boy,
serving during the Stations on Friday nights in Lent, I was encouraged to
meditate on Christ's suffering, and I remember the chants as the priest
led the way from one station to another:


At the Cross, her station keeping ...

Stood the mournful Mother weeping ...

Close to Jesus to the last.

More at

http://www.suntimes.com/output/ebert1/cst-ftr-passion24.html


13 responses total.

 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 1 of 13: Autumn  (autumn) * Sun, Mar 21, 2004 (19:59) * 1 lines 
 
I have not personally seen this film, but my husband took his mother and they both thought it was awesome. If you've seen the preview where the nail is put in Christ's palm and you see a hammer-wielding hand coming down to drive it in, that is Mel Gibson's hand. It symbolizes how each of us (as Christians believe) is responsible for nailing Christ to the cross by our sin.


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 2 of 13: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, Apr 22, 2004 (09:16) * 1 lines 
 
Autumn, go see it. I plan to buy the DVD as soon as it is available so we can watch it semi-regularly. It is one movie during which we did NOT buy popcorn to eat.


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 3 of 13: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, Apr 22, 2004 (09:18) * 1 lines 
 
The only "Catholic" thing about the movie that I noted was the emphasis on Mary. But, as a mother I could relate more to what she was experiencing watching things done to her son better than I could to my "Savior"


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 4 of 13: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Sat, Apr 24, 2004 (15:31) * 1 lines 
 
I'll wait until they double-bill it with "The Life of Brian".


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 5 of 13: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, May 15, 2004 (16:53) * 1 lines 
 
Hmmm what a concept. I found The Life of Brian so hilarious. But POTC is a moving event unto itself. Perhaps Brian might have the succeeding evening?


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 6 of 13: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Thu, May 27, 2004 (08:03) * 1 lines 
 
My sister, who is rather more religious than I am, saw this movie and was disappointed; well, not really, as she didn't expect much from it. She noted that part of the Garden of Gethsemane scene ran exactly the opposite to Biblical text. Jesus was NOT tempted by an apparition of Satan at Gethsemane; he was, rather, strengthened by an angel sent by God. She also found the table joke to be inappropriate, being more suitable for Mel Brooks or the Python than for a supposedly accurate interpretation of the Scriptures. Far from being repulsed, or moved, she fell asleep during part of the film. She said to me that the only idea she got from the film was a reaffirmation that the police and the political system have always been brutal and will always be brutal. The violence that so many have talked about is, according to my sister, no worse than what appears on Jamaican TV news on a daily basis.


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 7 of 13: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, May 28, 2004 (07:10) * 4 lines 
 
Sam, do you have your own blog yet?

I'm offering you one at Spring or one of our other websites if you want one. BlogBlog?



 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 8 of 13: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Mon, Jun  7, 2004 (21:13) * 1 lines 
 
What's a blog?


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 9 of 13: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Tue, Jun  8, 2004 (08:36) * 1 lines 
 
It means web long, which is kind of internet journal.


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 10 of 13: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Jun  9, 2004 (09:42) * 8 lines 
 
You can see one in action at either

http://austinblogger.com/

or

http://bastropyrealty.com/wordpress



 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 11 of 13: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Wed, Jun  9, 2004 (18:24) * 1 lines 
 
Looks interesting; how do I get one?


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 12 of 13: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Jun  9, 2004 (18:37) * 2 lines 
 
I can set it up for you on spring.net. What do you want to call it?
blobblog?


 Topic 68 of 69 [movies]: Passion of the Christ
 Response 13 of 13: Sam Blob  (AlFor) * Thu, Jun 10, 2004 (21:04) * 1 lines 
 
"Miscellaneous Ramblings", if that's not taken.

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