April 21, 2004

THE GOOD NEWS IS THE BAD NEWS IS WRONG:

'Passion'-bashing minimal (Ed Meza, Don Groves, Archie Thomas, Charles Newbury, Ken Bensinger, Nick Vivarelli and Tom Birchenough, 4/18/04, Variety)

Fears that "The Passion of the Christ" would inflame passions worldwide turned out to be overblown.

The U.S. release created the most controversy by far, with criticism in other countries mostly limited to the press. Overseas filmgoers for the most part ignored complaints of the film's violence and turned out for the pic in proportion to religious observance in the given territory.

While the biblical epic did ignite controversy in a few countries, fears of anti-Semitic outcry and demonstrations didn't come to pass. And what controversy there was didn't stop the pic from powering so far to a hefty $155 million gross outside the U.S. and Canada.


Indeed, the release of the film was far more an occasion for anti-Christian jeremiads than for anti-Semitic incidents.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2004 7:28 AM
Comments

Two perhaps unrelated stories amused me greatly yesterday:

From CNN, a story that The Passion was having difficulty finding a TV network to broadcast it. While all were doubtful about it, ABC was the only network to formally decline.

From NYT, a report that all the top executives at low-rated ABC were being fired.

Posted by: brian at April 21, 2004 1:34 PM
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