Archived from The Magdalene Review on Thursday 22 December 2005
The Da Vinci Code is featured in this week’s issue of Newsweek. The article revolves around how those involved with the film feel about the story as well as their roles in the movie. Some interesting tidbits about the business of DVC are revealed, such as how the film rights were captured by Sony, how the actors and directors came to be involved, and how sets were handled on location. (The real Mona Lisa, relegated to a storage closet!?)
Of particular interest was a statement that the film does not shy away from the parts of the book that make it such a contentious topic; there have been rumors that the film would be cutting out the whole bit about Jesus and Mary Magdalene being married, but presumably, that won’t be the case. This is a relief, at least partially, since the movie might as well not even be made if they were to excise such an integral part of the story. (The argument could be made that the movie shouldn’t have been produced anyway, but that’s beside the point…)
You can read the story here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10509652/site/newsweek/.
I’m still wondering if there will be riots in the street when DVC debuts, theater screen slashings, and the kind of thing we saw with The Last Temptation of Christ. While Kazantzakis’ novel and the resulting film unquestionably had much more substance to it, I see The Last Temptation as only a fraction as blasphemous as DVC is considered by many. Certainly there aren’t any accusations of anti-Semitism circulating around this story (yet), but it has its own set of problems that render it just as controversial. Considering its relative proximity to the release of The Passion of the Christ, and the renewed interest shown by the faithful in big cinema, I wouldn’t be surprised by the occurance of some assertive displays of disagreement.