Being Dispassionate about the Passion of the Christ: A Response to Rikkwatts’s Review

Being Dispassionate about the Passion of the Christ: A Response to Rikkwatts’s Review [ JSHJ 2.2 (2004) 219-223] ISSN 1476-8690 © The Continuum Publishing Group Ltd 2004, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX and 315 East 26th Street, Suite 1703, New York, NY 10010, USA. B EING D ISPASSIONATE ABOUT T HE P ASSION OF THE C HRIST : A R ESPONSE TO R IKK W ATTS ’ S R EVIEW Alan F. Segal Barnard College, Columbia University New York, NY, USA A BSTRACT Rikk Watts can catalogue his enjoyment of the film, The Passion , which has had mass appeal. But Mel Gibson’s unhistorical additions reveal a disturbing willing- ness to use repugnant anti-Semitic subtexts as well as violence to elicit movie- goers’ emotions. While Gibson may claim that it expresses his faith, the film seems less about art and personal faith than about what Hollywood does best— making money by sacrificing artistic integrity. Key Words: historical Jesus, Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ , violence, anti-Semitism I want to thank Rikk Watts for his review and, in advance, for his comments on mine. He states his assumptions for reviewing The Passion as: to evaluate it only on what the film-maker sets out to do. While http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Brill

Being Dispassionate about the Passion of the Christ: A Response to Rikkwatts’s Review

Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, Volume 2 (2): 219 – Jan 1, 2004

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[ JSHJ 2.2 (2004) 219-223] ISSN 1476-8690 © The Continuum Publishing Group Ltd 2004, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX and 315 East 26th Street, Suite 1703, New York, NY 10010, USA. B EING D ISPASSIONATE ABOUT T HE P ASSION OF THE C HRIST : A R ESPONSE TO R IKK W ATTS ’ S R EVIEW Alan F. Segal Barnard College, Columbia University New York, NY, USA A BSTRACT Rikk Watts can catalogue his enjoyment of the film, The Passion , which has had mass appeal. But Mel Gibson’s unhistorical additions reveal a disturbing willing- ness to use repugnant anti-Semitic subtexts as well as violence to elicit movie- goers’ emotions. While Gibson may claim that it expresses his faith, the film seems less about art and personal faith than about what Hollywood does best— making money by sacrificing artistic integrity. Key Words: historical Jesus, Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ , violence, anti-Semitism I want to thank Rikk Watts for his review and, in advance, for his comments on mine. He states his assumptions for reviewing The Passion as: to evaluate it only on what the film-maker sets out to do. While

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Published: Jan 1, 2004

Keywords: anti-Semitism; violence; historical Jesus; The Passion of the Christ; Mel Gibson

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