Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Wednesday, March 17, 2004  

"One supervening impression, not factual but atmospheric, is for me inescapable. Before, during, and after seeing The Passion, I had and have the sense that, for Gibson, this film is an act of contrition. Here is a man who was brought up and continues to be a devout fundamentalist Catholic, and who has made many, many millions of dollars through films whose violence contradicts the visions of the Prince of Peace. There are Gibson exceptions, of course, including his surprisingly acceptable performance in Zeffirelli's Hamlet. (But then Hamlet is a very Catholic play.) Still, the $25 million of his own that Gibson is said to have put into this film may be conscience money, and the savagery in the picture may--consciously or not--be Gibson's way of saying that violence is not always valueless."

--From Stanley Kauffmann's less than positive review of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, in The New Republic Online.

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