Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org &
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Mission: to crucify euphemism, to indict society’s inability to depict truth
I began this module before Gibson’s Passion of the Christ was released, driven in part by the fact that so many people were commenting, gettting alarmed before the movie had been seen outside the industry! I even made, temporarily of course, the piece K.’s cover page. Comments following experience of the movie (and other related complications) I continued in separate modules.
(See also the related series I posted on the movie Agora: related in many respects.)
For months before Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ was released to the general movie going marketplace the net trembled with anticipation of anti-Semitism.
In the last days of February 2004 such talk incandesced. Monday before Wednesday’s scheduled arrival I began also noticing some scholarly cavils from those privileged to have seen previews. I fasten on a couple, others cavils follow in a sub-module:
crucifixion victims were naked
Yes, that makes sense. Crucifixion was the preferred peace time form of state terror for the Roman Empire: not that they didn’t crucify during wars too (and the Romans were always at war). The Romans wanted not just to hurt, not just to kill, but wanted to orchestrate the total humiliation of their victims. The article went on to specify that Rome made no exception for women and children. All were nailed up stark naked. Why would an exception be made to allow Jesus a rag of modesty?
Passion Modulettes Menu:
Greek, not Latin
Who To Blame?
The Sacred Law
Crucifixion as Entertainment
Paul Schrader Comments
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