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March 10, 2004



As far as I am concerned, Mel took the idea of the movie from a previous one "The Last Temptation of Christ" starring Dafoe (based on the book of Kazantzakis, author from Crete, Greece, the same author of Zorba the Greek)

Charles Shamwell

I normally don't read review posts, let alone post my ideas on them. However, I've never been as compelled by a movie before now. I'm 20 years old and in the Marine Corps stationed over in Okinawa, Japan. A few days ago I had the priveledge to view "The Passion of Christ" in our shabby little movie theatre. Marines aren't know for sitting still or quiet or behaving during cinemas, but if you could have been there you would have been just as caught up as they were. It was like the entire theater was a painting where only the silver screen moved and tears of the audience seemed to seap out of the canvas. I've never seen so many Marines cry or take such an interest in a story other than war. The movie was just that powerful. I don't know how close it was to actual scriptural context, and I don't care. It did what it was supposed to do in me. It showed me that life is bigger than myself; bigger than the goals and asperations I have for my life, but more so the goals and desires of God for my life, something I think we all lose track of. This is a movie I'll never forget and don't think I could ever see again. The only comfort I have in a world filled with war and the same type of hate and discontentment that existed 2000 years and still today, is that regardless of my trangressions, my faith will unite me with my Saviour, my Messiah, my Emmanuel, my Christ.


I'm 16 year old living in Australia. I go to a Catholic school and have done fro my whole life!!! I choose to do an oral presentation on The Passion of the CHrist because it moved my so much!!! At this point of time, it is not finished but i would still like to post my first draft. SO here goes:
The Passion of the Christ is Not anti-Semitic and unnecessarily violent!

“I have never sat in the presence of a religious film with anything like the power of The Passion …For the first time, I felt really inside Christ’s sufferings, enduring with him, or more exactly enduring like those who loved him … I now knew, as never before, the duration of his excruciating pain. Unlike a painting, cinema gives us the pain filled passage of time. “Michael Novak

There's nothing to laugh about in "The Passion of Christ." The pain and suffering feels real. It is real. This film focuses on Christ’s last 12 hours, because its purpose is to make real his sufferings and what he did for mankind.
What makes "The Passion" so graphic isn't the actual violence that we see but the prolonged suffering that Jesus endures. This is the guy who tells his followers to love your enemy. At the point in the film where he was being brutally whipped and nailed the cross, Jesus was asking his Father for their forgiveness. "They don't know," he cried out. "They don't know."
It's not hard to understand why this film makes some people uncomfortable, but this film is no more anti-Semitic than the Gospel accounts of The Passion.
If you take the time to read Isaiah 52:13-53: you will find a very detailed accounted of what happened
"…beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely know he was a person…wounded and crushed…beaten…whipped…oppressed and treated harshly…led as a lamb to the slaughter…
Most people who called the film anti-Semitic had decided that before they had even seen it; and those who maintain that are deliberately ignoring its message. The film clearly makes the point that Christ died because of the sins of all men, not because of the evil of a particular race of people. In the film there are Jews who are all for Christ's death as well as Jews who follow Him to the end and tenderly take him from the cross.
Father Di Noia said that “Looking at The Passion strictly from a dramatic point of view, what happens in the film is that each of the main characters contributes in some ways to Jesus fate: Judas betrays him; The Sanhedrin accuses him; the disciples abandon him; peter denies knowing him; herod toys with him; Pilate allows him to be condemned; the crowd mocks him; the roman soldiers scourge, brutalize and finally crucify him … perhaps only Mary is blameless”

The Passion of the Christ is not anti –Semitic, there is an even blame for all, when the guards whipped him and his blood sprayed on all around, it symbolized how his blood was on all, and how everyone played a part in his fate.

when i finish, if i remember i will be back to show you how it ended.

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