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Mit "The Passion of the Christ" (2004) - dt. Titel: "Die Passion Christi" - wagte sich Mel Gibson an die Verfilmung der Leidensgeschichte Jesu Christi, genauer gesagt, der letzten zwölf Stunden vor dem Kreuzestod... Schon vor seiner Veröffentlichung ist es eines der unkonventionellsten und umstrittensten Projekte der jüngeren Filmgeschichte...

In den Hauptrollen James Caviezel (u.a. "Monte Cristo", "Der Schmale Grat") als Jesus, Monica Bellucci als Maria Magdalena...

"Die Passion Christi" startete am 18. März 2004 in den deutschen Kinos...


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[07.04.2007] Heute Nacht um 1.55 Uhr wiederholt Pro7 "Die Passion Christi"...

[06.04.2007] Heute um 22.20 Uhr zeigt Pro7 "Die Passion Christi" als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere...

[11.02.2005] CS! meldet...
Mel Gibson has made a new cut of The Passion of The Christ, trimming five to six minutes of violent scenes, reports Variety. The new version, The Passion Recut, will go out on 500-750 screens by Newmarket Films beginning March 11.
The new cut will be unrated, adds the trade. Gibson showed a preliminary version of this version to the ratings board. When it became clear he would still receive an R rating, which his original film bore, Gibson decided that would defeat his purpose.
While the original film grossed $370.2 million on an initial theatrical run that began Ash Wednesday last year, Gibson cut a less-violent version of his film in response to an audience segment that skipped the film because of the depiction of onscreen carnage as Jesus Christ was tortured by Roman troops prior to being crucified.
"There are no new scenes, and the cuts are limited to the more violent aspects of the film, if that's the right term," said Bruce Davey, Gibson's partner in Icon Productions. "The scourging scene in particular has been substantially adjusted."
The film will be released in most major markets across the country. It is expected to run through Easter weekend, and Davey said that this might become a perennial release.

[02.09.2004] Die NZ meldet...
[...] Auch nachdem die öffentliche Diskussion um Mel Gibsons Verfilmung der letzten Stunden im Leben Jesu nahezu verstummt ist, scheint sich «Die Passion» einer großen Fan-Gemeinde zu erfreuen. Bis zum Mittag des Veröffentlichungs-Tages hat sich die DVD in den USA 2,4 Millionen Mal verkauft. [...]

[12.04.2004] SHH! meldet...
[...] Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" added a big $17.1 million in its seventh week out in theaters for first place and a massive total of $354.9 million. The $30 million-budgeted film now ranks as the eighth-biggest film on the all-time domestic blockbuster list.
The movie has a "real shot" at breaking $400 million, said Newmarket Films president Bob Berney. In that case, it would challenge Spider-Man for the No. 5 position on the all-time list. Spidey earned $403 million in 2002. [...]

[11.04.2004] Bei gibt es ein lesenswertes Special zum Film...

[18.03.2004] Heute startet "Die Passion Christi" in den deutschen Kinos... Bei gibt es eine Kritik (10/10)...

[06.03.2004] Die NZ berichtet über Pannen während der Dreharbeiten...

[02.03.2004] meldet...
"And the Oscar goes to ... Mel Gibson for 'The Passion of the Christ.' " No one is predicting that those words are likely to be read at next year's Oscar show, but then, if the past few days have taught Hollywood anything, it's that there is no predicting anything surrounding "Passion," which stunned Hollywood by collecting an estimated $117.5 during its first five days. Boxoffice success in and of itself is no guarantee of Oscar consideration, of course. And "Passion" is proving so polarizing a cultural event that it's not likely to be warmly embraced by all the members of the Academy, who vote with their hearts as much as their heads. But before "Passion's" Oscar chances are discounted, consider this. Even some of its sternest critics, who object to Gibson's obsession with Jesus Christ's torture and suffering, have conceded that there in genuine filmmaking craft on display in the movie.

[26.02.2004] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Moriarty...
[...] I don’t know... maybe it just disturbs me that MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN offers a better, more complete and accurate view of the political and social structures against which the Christ story played out. I commend Gibson for having the personal and artistic courage to put his own money and reputation on the line for such a difficult piece of material. He made this film because it was important to him. You can feel it in every frame. But earnest good intentions do not great art make. If they did, Paul "No Talent" Anderson would be Stanley Kubrick, and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST would be a transcendent work of religious art that would endure beyond the moment the hype dies down. I plan to see the finished version in theaters since I did see a working rough cut, but I can’t imagine the film has changed much. Give me Scorsese’s LAST TEMPTATION. Give me Pasolini’s ST. MATTHEW. Give me a Jesus I recognize, a Jesus who did more than suffer. There is a whole world of human experience Gibson’s movie misses, and that tunnel vision keeps the movie from reaching the heaven it so desperate strives for. [...]

[24.02.2004] Die Bunte sprach mit Mel Gibson über seine Passion...

[08.02.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein Newsweek-Interview mit Jim Caviezel...

[05.02.2004] DH berichtet über eine geschnittene Szene...
The New York Times reports that in response to recent focus group results about his Christ movie, and probably in part due to protests by Jewish critics, Mel Gibson has decided to delete a controversial scene about Jews from his film "The Passion of the Christ".
A scene in the film in which the Jewish high priest Caiaphas seemingly places a curse on the Jewish people by declaring of the Crucifixion"His blood be on us and on our children" will not appear in the movie's final version said an anonymous associate of Gibson.
The passage had been included in some versions of the film that were shown before select groups, mostly of priests and ministers. The associate says "It didn't work in the focus screenings...maybe it was thought to be too hurtful, or taken not in the way it was intended. It has been used terribly over the years"

[20.01.2004] Bei CS! gibt es ein neues Poster... Und bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik...

[17.01.2004] Bei Yahoo! gibt es einen neuen "The Passion of the Christ" Trailer...

[14.01.2004] Bei Rotten Tomatoes gibt es ein Kritik... DH meldet...
"Icon Prods., partnered with Newmarket Films, will unspool "Passion" on 2,000 screens in the U.S. on Ash Wednesday. The move would mark the widest opening ever of a subtitled pic -- as well as the largest dead-lingo release. It will also be the biggest opener handled by Newmarket, topping the 58 screens it secured for "Donnie Darko" in 2001 and the 556 peak of "Whale Rider" last summer..."

[09.12.2003] Bei AICN gibt es Kritiken von Mr. Beaks & PetSnakeReggie...

[08.12.2003] Bei AICN gibt es Kritiken von Nordling...
[...] Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST is a monumental statement of faith and it's possibly the most important religious film ever made. And unfortunately it's going to be completely misunderstood by people and groups with agendas. The fact is, this is a powerful film and this needs to be seen by the widest audience possible. This is an Important Film. Possible the first real Important Film of the 21st Century. [...]

[06.12.2003] Die Offizielle Website ist gestartet...

[23.08.2003] Bei gibt es einen lesenswerten Artikel von Heike Gätjen zum Vorwurf der Film sei antisemitisch...

[05.08.2003] Bei gibt es Ausschnitte...

[11.07.2003] Bei AICN gibt es den Trailer...

[26.06.2003] Bei Church of the Masses gibt es eine Kritik zu einer Rohfassung...
[...] The Passion is a stunning work of art. It is a devout, act of worship from Mel and his collaborators - in the way that Handel's Messiah and Notre Dame were artistic acts of worship in previous times.
Let's get the controversy out of the way right at the top. The film is faithful to the Gospel, particularly St. John. It is no more anti-Semitic than is the Gospel. There are at least two members of the Sanhedrin who come forward to protest on Jesus' behalf during the sham trial. The Romans are just as guilty of cruelty and hatred against Jesus in the film. And best of all is a final look right into the camera of Mary, holding her dead Son. She is looking at all of us with a kind of , "Look what you've done"/This is for you" expression. A cinematic Pieta worthy of Michelangelo. [...]

[23.09.2002] Harry von AICN kommentiert folgende ABC News-Meldung...
Mel Gibson is set to direct a movie about Christ's last 12 hours played out entirely in two ancient tongues - Latin and Aramaic - with no subtitles.
The formula hardly sounds like the recipe for a hit movie but Gibson thinks language should be no barrier for the film, titled Passion.
"For me that's more real and hopefully I'll be able to transcend language barriers with filmic storytelling," Gibson said.
"It's very visual and it's about something that has ... affected civilisation in every possible way you can imagine," the 46-year-old actor, a devout Catholic, added.
But Gibson, a perennial Hollywood favourite with lead roles in the hit Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart and more recently Signs, acknowledged his choice of languages for the new film was causing headaches as far as US distributors were concerned.
"No-one wants to touch something in two dead languages. They think I'm insane, maybe I am," joked Gibson, who was born in New York but grew up in Australia.
Gibson is very much of the old school and a Latin service is still held at the private chapel of his California home.
He also had some sharp words for the modern-day Catholic Church, rocked this year by allegations of child abuse.
"It's very easy to be shaken these days faith-wise. All this kind of paedophilia stuff in the United States, it's hard to hang on to a foundation with this stuff going on," he said.
Shooting will switch between the famous Cinecitta studios just outside Rome and cave-riddled Matera in southern Italy.
Gibson acknowledged he was filming "in the shadow of the dome" but brushed aside questions on whether the Vatican would approve of the film.
"I don't know what they like these days," he said, adding his priority was to make a credible film.
"Many people have told the story but ... it's like looking at it from the wrong end of the telescope, I mean Jesus either suffers from bad hair or it's inaccurate or you don't believe it," he said.
But Gibson, who turned down Martin Scorsese's offer of playing Jesus, has once again shied away from the role, giving it to Jim Caviezel, star of The Count of Monte Cristo and High Crimes.
"There's two things I wouldn't do on film and I said this when I was in my 20s - I will never play myself if it ever comes to that and I will never play Jesus."

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DVDDie Passion Christi
Regionalcode 2
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
Bildformat: 16:9
Tonformat: Hebräisch/Latein/Aramäisch in Dolby Digital 5.1 mit dt. UT
DVD & Video Erscheinungstermin: 2. September 2004


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The Passion Of The Christ
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Erscheinungstermin: 15. März 2004

15 Titel: u.a. The Olive Garden/Night Sky; Bearing The Cross; Mary Goes To Jesus; Resurrection


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