THE PASSION OF CHRIST
March 2, 2004
My husband and I went to this extraordinary film this afternoon. Mel Gibson has created a masterpiece, uniquely for this particular time in history.
How anyone can attempt to do a lengthy review of this film is beyond me, since its significance is beyond the extraordinary individual segments of the film or all the segments put together.
The film's significance lies in its portrayal of "all of us" as crucifiers of Jesus Christ. I, personally, was struck by the emphasis on the actions of St. Peter in his denial of Christ, especially since he later became the Head of the Church. (There is hope for all of us?) Pilate, played by a pasty-faced actor, represents the "bureaucrat" who needs consensus and will compromise; the Sanhedrin reminded me of the elite in our communities who target individualists who don't necessarily go along with the group; the Romans who tortured Christ before he was even put on the Cross reminded me of any mob, then or now; the devil, represented by a woman throughout the film, and also by little children with grotesque Geronimo Bosch-like faces attacking Judas until he hung himself, played perhaps the second most important part, after that of Jesus Christ. She wove in and out of the film attempting to throw doubts into the minds of Jesus and of believers. In the end her face becomes that of a man.
The background music was appropriately middle eastern and non-intrusive, except when the temple was rent apart after the Crucifixion.
A friend of mine's reaction to this film is worth repeating: It is about "truth", a rare commodity in this day and age.
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Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America's classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa.
Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America's Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings. Website: www.deliberatedumbingdown.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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"The film's significance lies in its portrayal of "all of us" as crucifiers of Jesus Christ."