Hawk's Nest

Friday, March 07, 2003

The Greatest Story, Newly Told Christ
Based on the Gospel accounts, the dramatic visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (a 17th-century stigmatic) and "The Mystical City of God" by Venerable Mary of Agreda (a 17th-century nun), "The Passion" focuses almost exclusively on the sacrifice of Christ. "We are talking about the single event that influenced civilization as we know it: the law, the arts, our knowledge of good and evil," Mr. Gibson says. "It has touched every possible aspect of everyone's life whether they realize it or not."
Mel Gibson's latest project has thoroughly intrigued me. This report is from the "frontlines" of his effort to capture the death of Christ. It's use of Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew exclusively without English subtitles (though I'm sure some studio will release a version with some) is appealing as described by Gibson. He wants the images to do the "talking". Most know the story of Christ's sacrifice but have never experienced an immersion into its historical context. This envisioning should do that.


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