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Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Cristina A. Montes

On a lighter note: Last night, we watched our VCD of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" to unwind. Similar themes and details between that movie and TDVC were striking: the search for the Holy Grail, an academician hero Harrison Ford, a lady friend of the academician hero, a Grail expert, a race to get the Grail ahead of the bad guys, puzzles to decipher along the way, a secret society that has been guarding the secret of the Grail for centuries. I get the impression that Dan Brown either wrote TDVC while having an "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" hangover or deliberately wrote a serious, perverse version of the lighthearted adventure.

Also striking: for all its slapstick humor, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" treated the theme of the Holy Grail with a semblance of reverence.

Mark Brumley

Philosopher Mortimer Adler had some choice comments regarding Joseph Campbell that can be found here:


Campbell's work, if not his personality and manner, supposedly inspired George Lucas as he was working on the original Star Wars trilogy. I don't know what deep insights can be drawn from that fact, but I think it is at least humorous that we have Campbell both to thank for Lucas' original film and to blame for the "open-minded" pomposity of Brown's Langdon.

Ed Peters

CM: you bet, like when Connery slaps Ford's face "that's for blasphemy." Luv it.

Sandra Miesel

And Campbell's professional work has not stood the test of time. Forty years ago, critics (including me) liked to analyze fiction in terms of THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES but it's passe as a critical tool because it ultimately has little to say. Just like someone else we know...

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