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The Last Temptation of Christ
最後の誘惑
When this motion picture was
first made public in 1988,
it was in newspaper headlines,
because some Christian organizations
made statements against it.

A number of them were at the theaters,
putting up signboards and requesting that
the public viewing of the moving picture
would be stopped.

They gave their reasons:

Jesus of Nazareth, in the movie, was
seen having sex with Mary Magdalene.

Judas, who was the bad man in the Bible story,
was doing the work of tricking Jesus because
he was requested by Jesus himself
to do that.

The lower-front parts of men's bodies were
seen, uncovered.

To some Christians
it was certainly a shocking and bad
movie.
To them it was a work against God.

One thing to be noted in the news was
that they were protesting BEFORE
seeing the movie.

When it came to Japan,
I saw it at a theater in Tokyo,
where I was living then.
Though I was no Christian
one thing was certain to me.
However shocking to some Christians,
it was a very serious and beautiful movie,
like Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
And it was based on the knowledge which
came from works on arts, history and religion.

Temptation, in this example,
is Satan's attempt for tricking Jesus
into a wrong way.
The last attempt is made when
Jesus has hard pains of slow death,
on a wood structure in the form of this sign:

Jesus sees through pains
how his future will be
if he gives up the plan to be God.

[Plan is design for the future, or list of what to do in the future.]

If you are going to see The Da Vinci Code,
getting some knowledge of Christian religion beforehand
might give you a clearer idea.
For that purpose,
it will be good to have a start with this movie.
Your first attempt might be with The Last Temptation of Christ.

If you are a learner or worker at Fukushima University,
you may get a DVD with a lower price at FU Coop.

Or you may get a DVD at <amazon.co.jp>.
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