Gibson says, "I want to show the humanity of Christ as well as
the divine aspect. It's a rendering that for me is very realistic
and as close as possible to what I perceive the truth to be."
(2004) Film Review
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theaters 4,400 screens = Largest independent opening
opening and the sixth biggest opening of all time!
First weekend $83.3M
1st week Total Gross $125M
March 24, 2004 reaches $300M
week Total Gross $361M
Now the highest grossing religious film of all time
by Mel Gibson
Screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald and Mel Gibson
James Caviezel .... Jesus Christ
Maia Morgenstern .... Mary
Monica Bellucci .... Mary Magdalene
Francesco Cabras .... Gesmas
Rosalinda Celentano .... Satan
Claudia Gerini .... Pilatus Wife
Ivano Marescotti .... Pilatus
Sergio Rubini .... Dismas
Bruce Davey .... producer
Mel Gibson .... producer
Stephen McEveety .... producer
Enzo Sisti .... line producer
Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel
Casting by Shaila Rubin
Production Design by Francesco Frigeri
Set Decoration by Carlo Gervasi
Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti
R for violence
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Passion of the Christ (Score)
John Debney, Mel Gibson
1. The Olive Garden/Night Sky Medley 2. The Olive Garden 3. Night
Sky 4. Bearing The Cross 5. Jesus Arrested 6. Peter Denies Jesus 7.
The Stoning 8. Song Of Complaint 9. Simon Is Dismissed 10. Flagellation/Dark
Choir/Disciples Medley 11. Flagellation 12. Dark Choir 13. Disciples
14. Mary Goes To Jesus 15. Peaceful But Primitive/Procession Medley
16. Peaceful But Primitive 17. Procession 18. Crucifixion 19. Raising
21. Jesus Is Carried Down 22. Resurrection
Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die.
by John Piper
most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus crucified?
Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally,
who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that
God did. Jesus was God's Son. His suffering was unsurpassed, but
the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.
did Jesus suffer and die? The central issue of Jesus' death is not
the cause, but the meaning--God's meaning.
is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New
Testament fifty reasons. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes--in
answer to the most important questions that each of us must face:
What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?
The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
by Anne Catherine Emmerich
Gibson produced this film in Sassi
of Matera, as Pasolini did in 1964 with his Gospel
According to St. Matthew. Even Richard Gere did his David
here in 1985. It focuses on the 12 hours of Jesus' life leading
to his crucifixion. Jesus speaks Latin and Aramaic without the aid
nobody wants to touch something filmed in two dead languages,"
Mel Gibson explained at a news conference Friday in the Sala Fellini
at Cinecitta. "They think I'm crazy, and maybe I am. But maybe
I'm a genius.
want to show the film without subtitles," he added. "Hopefully,
I'll be able to transcend language barriers with visual storytelling.
If I fail, I'll put subtitles on it, though I don't want to."
idea came to me 10 years ago and has been rambling around in my
empty head, very slowly taking shape ever since," Gibson
said. "I think this is a pretty timeless and timely story to
tell, involving an area where there's turbulence now just as there
was turbulence then because history repeats itself.
want to show the humanity of Christ as well as the divine aspect,"
he continued. "It's a rendering that for me is very realistic
and as close as possible to what I perceive the truth to be."
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
to the Screen
Film by Mel Gibson and why it is important
reason why Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ is such an important
film is that it underscores the emotion, pain and passion of the
crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
the centuries Christian depictions of the Crucifixion of Christ
became so decorative that they lost the original passion. Beautiful
works of art indeed, but they became nearly bloodless with no evidence
of real emotion or pain. Artistic depictions of the Passion were
reduced to a mere religious symbols. These works of art have deep
connection to the faithful, but no connection to rest of the world
apart from their obvious decorative beauty. Neither of the depictions
below have the crown of thorns, nor evidence of the whipping, nor
emphasis on blood, pain or passion. All the characters look bored,
even Jesus looks bored. Again, no passion.
depictions of Jesus below are typical in that they do not reflect
the horror of the crucifixion. Note, for example, how the wound
on Jesus' side minimizes the scripture: "One of the soldiers
stabbed him in the side with his spear. Blood and water gushed out.
(John 19:34 MsgB)." Additionally, they do not reflect the agony
of a painful death on a Roman cross as mentioned in Scripture: "Around
mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eli,
Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God,
why have you abandoned me?" (Matthew 27:46 MsgB). Beyond all
of this there is absolutely no evidence in these depictions of the
flogging at the hand of the cruel Roman leader Pilate, who had "Jesus
flogged with a lead-tipped whip. (John 19:1 NLT)."
Gibson's artistic masterpiece restores the lost dimention of the
suffering of the Christ in a very graphic manner (as pictured below).
Cecil B DeMille’s “King
of Kings” (1926) had a very do-not-touch
non-passionate traditional Jesus. DeMille was a Protestant Christian.
centuries the Protestants have taken pride in presenting an empty
cross, emphasizing the resurrected Christ over the passion of
fact, several Protestants groups have discounted the observance
of Good Friday (the day for remembering the Lord's death) and
emphasized Easter Sunday (the day remembering the resurrection
of Christ from the grave). Additionally, historically much of
the Protestant church has de-emphasized the use of images altogether.
Of all the denominations of Christianity the Roman Catholic Church
has done the best job of preserving the passion of Christ within
its art. It is out of this rich tradition Mel Gibson comes.
Gibson's film becomes a wonderful gift of remembrance. It restores
an important dimension of the life of Christ.
true Passion of Jesus became lost to The Culture.
much of the art in the church lost the significance and passion
of the cross, then so did the world around it.
the both the film and stage play Jesus Christ Superstar the question
is asked, “Jesus Christ, Superstar, who are you, and what
have you sacrificed?” And it further states, “I don’t
know how to love him.”
If artistic expressions of the crucified Christ within the church
lost their passion, then why can't God use an “outsider”
to reintroduce the pain and suffering of the Christ on the screen.
And so it happened. It was Pier Pasolini, a Communist, but a devout
Catholic, who was first to bring the real Passion of Christ to
the screen in 1964 in his now classic masterpiece "The
Gospel Of According to St. Matthew.
Pier Pasolini, used hand held cameras to get a realistic documentary
“you are there” feel. He used non-glamorous actors.
Mel Gibson was so impressed with this film that he used the same
film location for his film.
view Pier Pasolini's Film on RealVideo go
CENSORES JESUS’ PASSION.
In 1999 CBS-TV bought the rights to The Jesus Mini Series. However
they censored the “passion” of Jesus.
CBS cut out the nail scene.
CBS cut the screams of Jesus.
CBS cut out Jesus loving the children in the final scene.
CBS said they wanted a “more traditional Jesus.”
view the RealVideo of the scenes CBS-TV censored go
A NEW MORE REALISTIC JESUS COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN
Visual Bible released The Gospel of John –a
3 hour film that contains all the words from John’s account
See review, trailer and photos here.
God works in strange ways. The Spirit of God moved on Mel’s
heart to bring the passion of Christ to the big screen.
Interestingly, Some of Mel's past films have a Christ-like feel
to them. Christian screenwriter Randal Wallace, who wrote “BraveHeart”
once referred to it as Jesus Christ in Kilts.
people are aware that Mel Gibson’s ICON production company
brought the well done Claymation “Miracle Maker”
Jesus to the TV screen.
THROWING RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE ATTACK ON MEL GIBSON’S
During the summer of 2003 a group of biblical scholars (so-called)
associated with the U.S. Bishops Council obtained a stolen copy
of an early draft of the script and came forward to denounce it
as scripturally incorrect and potentially injurious of Christian-Jewish
relations. Mr. Gibson protested, and the bishops more or less fled
the scene, but the damage was done.
AS WHIPPED JESUS WAS PUBLICLY WHIPPED, SO RELIGIOUS LEADERS "WHIPPED"
On Dec. 01 2003 Billy Graham came to the defense Gibson film on
Christ, saying he was "moved to tears."
film is faithful to the Bible's teaching that we are all responsible
for Jesus' death, because we all have sinned," the 85-year-old
evangelist said. "It is our sins that caused his death, not
any particular group."
Graham also stated: "I doubt if there has been a more graphic
and moving presentation of Jesus' death and resurrection, which
Christians believe are the most important events in human history."
has long recognized the importance of Billy Graham and included
him in the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Magazine named Billy Graham as one of the top 100 Heroes of the
JOHN PAUL II
Dec 5, 2003. John Paul II, who even with the challenges of his
current illness has more good sense than many of his cardinals,
knew of the controversy surrounding Mr. Gibson's film, and wanted
to see it. Producer Steve McEveety, who had flown to Rome uninvited
to show the film to as many Vatican officials as he could, gave
the DVD to Msgr. Dziwisz on Friday, Dec. 5, 2003. The monsignor
and the pope watched it together. Mr. McEveety said of John Paul.
"He's pretty well booked. But he really wanted to see it."
GIBSON'S FILM AS GOD'S INSTRUMENT
a matter of fact, we should not be surprised to learn that God is
at work in pop culture. Consider these words of Celtic spiritual
leader George McLeod:
simply argue that the Cross should be raised at the center of
the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am
recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral
between two candles; but on a cross between two thieves; on the
towns' garbage heap; at a crossroad, so cosmopolitan they had
to write his title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek... at the kind
of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers
gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died
about. That is where church-men ought to be and what churchmen
ought to be about."
Passion of The Christ reminders us that God brings light
to the darkness of the world. It reminds us of how God works within
the garbage of our culture, and even within the garbage in our souls.
To free us and make us whole.
said of his crucifixion on that garbage heap, "And I, as I am lifted
up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around
me." -John 12:32. With all the attention that Gibson's film is receiving
one can see the truth of Jesus' words.
is at work in the culture because everyone is precious to God. Everyone
cross is rough,
and it is deadly,
but it is effective.
--A. W. Tozer
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