Discovered at David Hudson’s IFC blog:

Joshua Land at Moving Image Source writes about The Passion of the Christ and The Last Temptation of Christ:

Considering the tremendous importance of Jesus to many millions, it’s understandable that supporters and opponents of [Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ (1988) and Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ (2004)] were often more interested in what they wanted to see in these works than in what their makers actually accomplished. Still, it’s unfortunate that the controversy has made it impossible for many viewers to really see either film, because ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and ‘The Last Temptation of Christ,’ despite their flaws, are both deeply personal, conscientious, and – each in its own peculiar way – reverent films that deserve to exist as more than floating cultural signifiers and to be taken seriously by believers and nonbelievers alike.

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