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Monday, April 18, 2011


Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Stating that Hollywood is tilting towards a more spiritual, intangible, maybe even religious mode is like asking a liar to tell the truth.

The most notable attempt to release a movie depicted as religious was The Passion of the Christ; Hollywood did not like it; moreover Hollywood did not want it shown. It is imperative to spell out the aspects and circumstances of such bizarre conduct.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

As the movie was completed, no distributor would touch it therefore it had a very limited distribution. It also suffered by being treated as an unconventional pre-release promotion model. It also drew the "R" rating; no wonder USA Today (3-2-04) reported only 7% of children attendance.

It was, as well, released independently; in the middle of the week; off season, on Ash Wednesday holiday.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

The Passion did not have pre-release advertising. No advertising by big names and not TV ads. Mr Gibson became the target of many attacks from varios groups opposed to : the film; its message; the producer; and the subject: Jesus Christ. The Media labeled the film as violent and anti-semitic.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Focussing on a different factor it is regrettable to mention that important members of our Church 'joined the accusers' ; for example: The French Catholic Association of Bishops ; bishop Patrick Mc Grath (San Jose CA); other bishops in the US refused to see it; even the now cardinal Levada made questionable remarks.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Despite of all hindrances and difficulties the movie turned out as:
Highest grossing film for an "R" rated of all time, the same for a Foreign Film; equally for a Religious Film. Box Office take, in the US, $ 370 million; world wide $ 600 million; Mel Gibson, assumptively took home $ 500 million and the BBC rated it Best year (2004) for the Movie Industry. The Passion did not win a single major award in Hollywood.

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