Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Passion of the Christ in the UK

With a month to go until the release of The Passion of the Christ here in the UK, it is finding its way increasingly into our media, if primarily to cast a glance on the way that Americans are reacting to it. I woke up this morning to a report from Los Angeles on the film on the Today programme. And today's Guardian has a feature:

Passion pulls in the multitudes
Opening of film depicting Christ's last hours inspires and inflames US
Tania Branigan, and Dan Glaister in Los Angeles

This is a good round-up article, with highlights from the reviews. It suggests that the film will not make anything like the same impact in the UK, which I think is right.

Update: Thanks to Helenann Hartley for sending this one over from BBC Online:

Crowds and protests greet Passion
The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson's controversial film about Jesus, took about $20m (£11m) at US box offices in its opening day, according to a report.

Update: Today's Daily Telegraph has The Passion of the Christ above its main headline, just under the header. There are two articles on-line:

US in awe as The Passion is released
By Oliver Poole in Irvine, California

British Jews angry at Gibson film

Update: Richard and Judy (not a programme I normally watch -- my Mum rang me up!) even had a feature on The Passion of the Christ tonight; three people in the studio chatting about the film, two Jews who hated it and one Catholic who liked it; sorry -- didn't get their names.

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