August 05, 2006

Clueing in about The Passion of the Christ

And about Apocalypto:

Clues Dismissed in Time of 'Passion'
From the outset, Gibson was clear that the principal sources for his retelling of the crucifixion story were the Gospel of Matthew, the most problematic of the four Christian passion narratives, and the writings of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a 19th century nun and mystic who recorded her anti-Semitic "visions" of Jesus' arrest and execution. The filmmaker, in fact, reportedly keeps a relic of the nun.

Then there was Gibson's repeated refusal to disavow the views of his father and spiritual mentor, Hutton Gibson, a notorious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, who cheerfully shares public platforms with unrepentant neo-fascists like the odious Willis Carto. No one can demand that another person repudiate their father, but it's perfectly possible to say, "I love my father, but I don't agree with his ideas." Somehow, Gibson's refusal to do that never bothered "The Passion's" fans.
Meanwhile, you can learn more about Apocalypto and see the trailer at the movie's official site.


belledame222 said...

so, essentially: nineteenth-century nun fanfic.

belledame222 said...

have you ever seen it, p.s.? i think it's online somewhere, the whole thing, or was. kind of glorious, really, almost Pythonesque. like, "chapter nine: the first fall of the Christ." "chapter ten, the second fall of the Christ." "chapter eleven, the third fall of the Christ..." and so on, you know, I don't know how many falls, but you know, she was awfully big on numbers: number of lashes, number of wounds... one hesitates to use the word "pornographic"...oh, wait, no one doesn't.

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