Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Passion on Newsnight Review

Thanks to James Crossley for pointing out to me that The Passion was reviewed last night on Newsnight Review. I was delighted to hear Anthony Horowitz, who said that he was still traumatized by the Mel Gibson version, beginning the review by saying that it was "wonderful" and "as close to perfect television as you can get". That is praise! If you are in the UK, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer. If you are elsewhere, there is a low-quality version available. The review features a couple of clips, including the exchange between Caiaphas and Pilate I wrote about in "The Passion" and Its Historical Context.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes but they were not too happy about the different accents. From what I've read and heard so far, this does seem to be a reaction to Mel Gibson's film. Of Course I haven't seen it yet, but if Judas is pretty insignificant in this version, and the Jewish leadership all come off as if the only thing they were upset about was not getting a good night's sleep; then it will be a distortion of the texts just as much as Gibson's was.

crystal said...

Mark, your link to the low quality version of BBC iPlayer seems to go to the movie review - am I looking in the wrong place?

Mark Goodacre said...

Hi Crystal. Just click on "Latest programme" on the right and that should do the trick. All best, Mark

crystal said...

Thanks :-)