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Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Passion of the Christ (film)

The Catholic actor Mel Gibson wrote directed and produced a film describing the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus, The Passion of the Christ. He started doing research for the movie in 1992, spending 25 million dollars of his own money on developing and filming the production.

The movie was eventually released on February 25, 2004 and was a massive box office hit despite all the dialogue being in Aramaic, Hebrew and Latin.

The success of The Passion of the Christ was a pointer for Hollywood of the potential goldmine of the Christian constituency, one that had been largely ignored by the secular-orientated film industry.

Theatrical release poster Wikipedia

Gibson himself is a traditionalist Catholic who believes that Vatican II corrupted the
institution of the church. He used the film's profits to build his own private "Independent" Traditional Catholic chapel in his grounds where he claimed to celebrate the Latin Tridentine Mass every day.

Gibson said about the The Passion of the Christ: "This movie is about Faith, Hope, Love and Forgiveness. Themes that are as important now as they were in Jesus' time."

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