The Christ of the Cinema

Thursday, 31 Dec 2015

The latest media sensations needn't determine our talking points'¦.Criticism can (and should) be made, but it must always be done with integrity and care."
In his book on director Martin Scorsese, the late film critic Roger Ebert described the ominous context in which he previewed The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Prior to its release, he was invited to a private screening and watched the film alone. "This was not a perk," he writes. "It was a security measure." Ebert was led to a townhouse where the director was living under a shadow of death threats. The TV evangelists of the time had thundered with denunciation and outrage. One church leader, Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright, ...

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