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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Passion of the Christ

ISBN 9780230294349
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Controversies

A study of controversies over The Passion of the Christ that shows how conservative Christians united in support of Mel Gibson and in opposition to liberal, secular and Jewish critics. King explores how the public battle in the USA over the editing and rating of this film generated more controversy than any other in recent cinematic history.

NEAL KING is Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech, USA. He is the author of Heroes in Hard Times: Cop Action movies in the U.S. (1999), co-editor of Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in the Movies (2001), and has published several other studies of violent film genres and social inequality.

Contents
Introduction
A Personal and Procedural Note
PART I: KEY DETAILS
Cast
Crew
Other Details
Ratings, by Nation
PART II: PRODUCTION AND MARKETING
The Turns of Events
The Needs of Groups
The Final Push
PART III: RATING CENSORSHIP
Deference in Hollywood
Support for violence
Defiance in New zealand
Titillation
Horror
The Fate of a Prophet
Conclusion
PART IV: EVANGELICAL RECEPTION
Dangers of Media Violence
Uses of Nedia Violence
The Scholars and Violence
Redemption through Media Violence
Stolen Fire
PART V: THE PLOTTING
Narrative Structure
Character Focus
Undermotivation
PART VI: THE SENTENCING
Synopsis
The Finished Version
Caiphas's Curse
PART VII: CONCLUSION 
PART VIII
Appendix A: Christian Watchdog Sites
Appendix B: References  

Reviews

'Neal King knows more about the making, marketing and reception of The Passion of the Christ than anyone else. He gives us an elegant and perceptive analysis of the controversies that surrounded Gibson's film and a sociological portrait of their origins in the competing objectives of polarized groups. King's book is an essential source on the making and meaning of a film that has been both celebrated and condemned.'- Stephen Prince, author of Firestorm: American Film in the Age of Terrorism
'This book is a means to reignite interest in the film and inspire debate surrounding it. Neal's resurrection of the film may help it take its rightful place in cinematic history.' - Lauren Felton, Filmwerk
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