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Opinions on the Passion of the Christ

#11Vado_UNPosted 7/17/2013 5:44:08 PM
I didn't like how it starts when Jesus was captured by the Romans. It should have started earlier than that event.
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#12DagorhaPosted 7/17/2013 5:51:49 PM
Religious torture porn probably with a bit of antisemitism thrown in. At least that was my impression. I hate it on a personal level though because I knew friends who were picked on by other kids because of that movie. So yeah
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#13rick alveradoPosted 7/17/2013 8:59:36 PM
Question, what was anti-Semitic about the film? It's been a while so I don't really remember much about it other than the creepy demon baby. I mean, I know it's Jews who kill him (yes, technically the Romans, but it was because of Jews), but it's also Jews who follow him, not to mention that he himself is Jewish. Because it takes place in Judea, so most of the people on both sides of the issue were Jewish. Just like in the Bible.

But maybe I'm just forgetting something.
#14Moorish_IdolPosted 7/17/2013 9:00:53 PM
rick alverado posted...
Question, what was anti-Semitic about the film?

It's historical.

Which is bad I guess.
#15CoyoteTheGreatPosted 7/17/2013 9:23:55 PM
I've never seen the Passion of the Christ. But I think we can all think of movies that made us cry. For me, the movies I think of there are Old Yeller (I saw it when I was in like sixth grade, and cried so hard because I had a dog too and imagined it dying) and more recently, The Butterfly and the Diving Bell. It makes me wonder, were those movies a religious experience, if they evoked in me the same emotion that this movie evoked in The Hedonist and The Polish Crusader.

In some ways, these were thoroughly anti-Christian movies. What can someone say about the amount of emotion I poured into a supposedly soulless creature like a dog? The protaganist of the Butterfly and the Diving Glass was about as non-Christian as it gets (A complete womanizer and thoroughly modern man), yet was sympathetic enough that the movie left me in tears several times. What universality can Christianity have if I can equate my experience with that of these devout Christians experiencing this movie?
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#16OzymandiasIVPosted 7/17/2013 9:48:36 PM
C_Mat posted...
There is no way to convey that in a movie.


There's no way to convey what you just described.
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#17SirThinkALotPosted 7/18/2013 6:33:51 AM
I like how the film accurately portrayed how a crucifixion would have played out. Too many films sanitize the whole process.

However I'm not a huge fan of how the film completely divorced the crucifixion from Jesus' life and teachings, and even from his later followers. It take away the context that makes the whole thing meaningful. I guess its assumed that the viewers would already know the context, but still, it doesnt work in the film for me at least.
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#18C_MatPosted 7/18/2013 10:18:42 AM
OzymandiasIV posted...
C_Mat posted...
There is no way to convey that in a movie.


There's no way to convey what you just described.


Thank you for agreeing?
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#19DagorhaPosted 7/18/2013 1:46:19 PM(edited)
rick alverado posted...
Question, what was anti-Semitic about the film? It's been a while so I don't really remember much about it other than the creepy demon baby. I mean, I know it's Jews who kill him (yes, technically the Romans, but it was because of Jews), but it's also Jews who follow him, not to mention that he himself is Jewish. Because it takes place in Judea, so most of the people on both sides of the issue were Jewish. Just like in the Bible.

But maybe I'm just forgetting something.


I'm just going to be lazy here and say read the wiki article on it. Note I didn't say it was extremely offensive, but that it didn't exactly win favors by painting the jews in a bad light. The only ones who did look good, and I mean that in the literal sense of looking good, were the "Good Jews", you know... Christians.

It's historical.

Which is bad I guess.


It's also posts like these that don't help matters. Washing away people's concerns with "It's historical so deal with it" is not exactly something that makes people come to the discussion table which is what a movie like this so desperately needs to do to work on a level beyond preaching to the choir.
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#20Moorish_IdolPosted 7/18/2013 2:35:37 PM(edited)
But how could the movie have depicted the Jews any differently without drastically diverting from the Biblical account?

I used the "It's historical" excuse because the movie's intention was to be historical, at least as far as the politics.