Mel Gibson's big gamble: The Passion of Christ

Hutch, R. A. (2005) Mel Gibson's big gamble: The Passion of Christ. Pastoral Psychology, 53 4: 337-340. doi:10.1007/s11089-005-1364-0

Author Hutch, R. A.
Title Mel Gibson's big gamble: The Passion of Christ
Journal name Pastoral Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-2789
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1007/s11089-005-1364-0
Volume 53
Issue 4
Start page 337
End page 340
Total pages 4
Editor L R Rambo
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Sciences
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
440208 Psychology of Religion
780199 Other
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Mel Gibsonrsquos film is a creative reworking of opportunities provided by migrating to Australia as a boy and a life-long desire to be reconciled to his father, Hutton Gibson. If the film is read as a study in psychology and biography, then biblical and theological critiques, along with contemporary politically correct stances towards what Gibson did, can be set temporarily aside in search of a larger trajectory of meaning implicit in the film. The embodied nature of the film, along with other violent films in which Gibson starred in the past three decades, points to wellsprings of ldquopower in the blood.rdquo Violence becomes an idiom of reconciliation with authority. Gibsonrsquos relationship to his father plays a major role in such a reading of the film. A continuous reconciliation with his father is evident not only in thematic continuities over the course of Mel Gibsonrsquos professional acting career and starring roles. It also structures the directorrsquos construction of Christrsquos Passion. A desire ldquonot to be forsakenrdquo gives rise to this idiosyncratic and controversial film, itself a cinematic statement about Gibsonrsquos own personal spiritual torment.

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Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
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