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I'm still really looking forward to this movie. It looks like they've already fallen victim to the legal hassles of the movie studios: "Originally titled The Passion, the film changed its title last week after Miramax claimed the rights to the title for one of its own projects, a historical epic based on a Jeanette Winterson novel." So it's being called "The Passion Of Christ" instead. I can't say that's a bad move.

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stevenredux
Oct. 24th, 2003 05:51 am (UTC)
Message and controversy of the movie aside, if you don't speak Aramaic, one has to wonder what the point would be.
asqmh
Oct. 24th, 2003 05:54 am (UTC)
...You've got some time to learn. . .

^_~

Q.
asqmh
Oct. 24th, 2003 05:56 am (UTC)
...besides, some of it's in Latin, too.

Q.
drmellow
Oct. 24th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC)
Historical accuracy, realism. When I watch a foreign movie, hearing the dialogue in the appropriate language helps convey the film better. Sure, I've got to read the subtitles to know what they're saying, but different languages have different cadances, which I miss out on when the movie is dubbed.

Last I heard, this one will be subtitled. I don't think Gibson originally wanted to subtitle it, but I think enough people convinced him that the population of Aramaic-speaking people was low enough that he'd be better served with subtitles. I hope they DVD release has subtitling optional.
rhiannonstone
Oct. 24th, 2003 06:37 am (UTC)
the population of Aramaic-speaking people was low enough

There's a population of Aramaic-speaking people? I though there were fewer than 100 individuals in the known world who spoke the language fluently. :)
drmellow
Oct. 24th, 2003 07:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, there are definitely very few people who would be able to understand the dialogue without subtitles.
naqerj
Oct. 24th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
There are several places in Syria (notably the town of Ma'aloula), Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia whose people still speak Aramaic as their primary language (though it has of course evolved since the time of Christ). It's a minority culture, to be sure, but there are certainly a good many more than just 100 native speakers involved. As far as I know, it's very much a living language which isn't dying out at all.
meep
Oct. 24th, 2003 06:41 am (UTC)
some people would say it wasn't irony.

As for the title change, most people nowadays do not know the original meaning of the word "passion". I think it's a good idea to put Jesus's name in the title.
drmellow
Oct. 24th, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
Agreed on both points, especially the latter.
ccohoon
Oct. 24th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
Please enlighten me on the original meaning of "passion".
happy2beso
Oct. 24th, 2003 09:06 am (UTC)
Mel Gibson's film company has invited some members of our community to attend a viewing of this film before its release.

I don't think I'll be joining them, but it sounds like an interesting film for sure.
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