Mel Gibson's Film "The Passion of the Christ" Film Review by scribbler

Looks at the extensive and intensive debate surrounding Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ".
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This paper explains that, even though Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" was release in 2004, people especially critics still argue passionately, both for and against the film. The paper details the assertions that this film is anti-Semitic and shockingly violent as well as doesn't follow the Gospel story. The paper speculates that, because this story had been filmed many times, Mel Gibson wanted to present a unique interpretation of the events of the Passion.

Table of Contents:
Introduction and Film Reviews
The Passion and Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism: Argument or Assertion
Art Historian View of Passion
The Passion and Violence

From the Paper:

"Gibson may have felt that the amount of graphic violence in the film was necessary. Many others felt that the violence was gratuitous. It is difficult to say whether or not the violence was gratuitous because it is based on Gibson's interpretation. Yes, the movie is extremely violent. There is no denying this. None of the four gospels describe the graphic detail of the crucifixion the way it is show in the movie. But, if we take a step back and research the history of Roman torture during the time of Christ we know that it was a brutal and violent process. How brutal and violent it was is something we will never know in these modern times, but we can make a fair assumption that the scourging before the crucifixion did not consist of a couple of licks on the back. Perhaps, this is what Gibson was trying to portray.
"Gibson has said in several interviews that the movie is not anti-Semitic. Whether he is believed or not is up to the individual. He has, no doubt opened up a wound that has taken years and years to heal. But looking at the film from an objective standpoint, it was probably necessary to show some level of violence in order to provoke a reaction from viewers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Marendy, Peter M. (2005). Anti-Semitism, Christianity, and the Catholic Church: Origins, consequences and responses. Journal of Church and State, 47(2), 289-307.
  • Moore, James F. (2005). Mel Gibson's The passion of the Christ: A Protestant prospective. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 23(3), 101-104.
  • Prince, Stephen. (2006). Beholding blood sacrifice in "The Passion of the Christ": How real is movie violence? Film Quarterly, 59(4), 11-22.
  • The Passion of the Christ. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  • Vander Stichele, Caroline and Todd Penner. (2006). The passion for the (real)? The passion of the Christ and its critics. Biblical Interpretation, 14(1-2), 18-36.

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