Monday, April 05, 2004

“The Passion” that never dies 

An update on my favourite recent popular culture hobby-horse. Mel Gibson’s film still continues to anger, intrigue, confound, mesmerise and disgust audiences around the world. Up to $330 million in the United States alone, the movie is now opening in many other markets.

A new opinion research in the United States suggest that the movie might be behind the increase in the number of people who believe that the Jews were responsible for Christ’s death. Refreshingly, however, neither the Bush Administration nor America in general are blamed by the public for the crucifixion. Maybe if the poll was taken in France…

Meanwhile, in the Middle East there’s no doubt who’s the popular villain – hence the otherwise strict government censors are pretty keen for their people to see the film.

But in China, “The Passion” is meeting with considerable and unexpected success (on pirated copies, of course) – and this time for all the right reasons.


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