Jack Kerouac said once, On the Road: "I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion". I do not want to become kind of Kerouac on the topic of The Passion film. Because I like the film. And because I find too many sort of Kerouacs crawling around this film.
Better than comment the "It -is -as -it -was" press ceremony of confusion now on stage, with second- or third-hand declarations, counter-declarations and/or comments on declarations or declined declarations about "who -said -whath -when -how -to-whom -in-what-tonge -wich-tone -wich-digital-mean." And so on.
Better than write some easy ironic pieces on the "self-esteem exercises" we can find at the NYT, WSJ, WP, CNS, CNN, NCR, LAT, DMN, written by/on journalists, film producers, aide-producers, PR people, advertising execs, Jewish Rabies pro/con the ADL, high/low rank officials here and there. And so-and-so.
Better than to pay attention to this whole mess (not already just controversy) is to take some few seconds in order to read and think for a little on this very clear and clever statement released by the Holy See Press Office Director:
This statement seems to me better than "It-is-as-it-was", at least because:
1- It is official.
2- It does not deny or retract anything said by anybody.
3- It makes a clear point on the nature of the film's story.
4- It makes a clear point on the public dimension of the Holy Father judgments on artistic works.
And last but not least, I think that the statement is better than those five words ("It-is-as-it-was") because this way we are shure that nobody is making (or saying that somebody is making) use of the Pope's thoughts or words for commercial purposes. Even when we are talking about the "cinematographic recounting of the historical fact of the passion of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel accounts".
The Queen of England can support a brand of brandy, "by appointment to HRH". I love that the Church and the Pope carry out their duties and tasks in another way.
Furthermore, this Vatican statement seems to me a gift and a pleasure as a piece of press office public writting. And I rejoice as an admirer of the work done by the people involved in "The Passion". And I feel bad because the a-priori adversative campaing it suffers from the ADL blindly believers and/or fearers.
[My point on the film "The Passion"].
>> Read "It Is as Is Was".