Category: Da Vinci Code

Luring the faithful to view the profane

Sony is using a website’s worth of ‘experts’ to market Da Vinci to reluctant Christians Hollywood’s growth industry these days involves rounding up Christians and herding them into movie theatres — road-tested with The Passion of the Christ, born again with The Chronicles of Narnia and now squarely aimed at delivering big bucks for The Da Vinci Code. It’s an interesting development for the faith: how to get followers to plunk down their money at the box office, in the case of The Da Vinci Code for a film that ostensibly trashes the conventional Christian narrative. Financially limping Sony Pictures

Da Vinci Code novel publicly burned in Italy

CECCANO, Italy — A handful of conservative Italian local councillors and activists were booed on Saturday as they burned a copy of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, which they called “blasphemous”. The book-burning ceremony took place on the main square of the village of Ceccano, 70km south-east of Rome. It was organised by two municipal councillors representing conservative parties – one from the Christian Democrats, the other from the National Alliance. Ron Howard’s Hollywood film of “The Da Vinci Code” opened on Friday in Italy. The story, which is fiction, is based around the idea that Jesus Christ

China Church Urges Boycott of Da Vinci

HONG KONG, China (AP) — China’s official Catholic church urged its followers to boycott “The Da Vinci Code,” and bishops in India demanded the movie be shown with a disclaimer Thursday as viewers across Asia got a first glimpse of the controversial film. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, which isn’t governed by the Vatican, accused the film’s makers of “violating religious ethics and morals and insulting the feelings of clergy and followers,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency said. The church urged the country’s more than 10 million faithful to avoid it. However, China’s officially atheistic communist government hasn’t banned the

Da Vinci Mystery: How Can the Movie Be This Bad?

May 18 (Bloomberg) — “The Da Vinci Code” purports to solve the greatest mystery in human history. Ron Howard’s movie version of Dan Brown’s mega-selling novel poses another puzzler: How could such a respected and experienced director transform this page-turning thriller into one of the most boring big- budget flicks ever made? At an excruciatingly long 2 1/2 hours, “Da Vinci” works better as sedative than stimulant. It’s a $125 million turkey — a lifeless, confusing, overly talky film that’s equally harsh on the ears and eyes. Viewers are assaulted with trite dialogue, cheesy flashbacks and cinematography so dark that

Critics Find Da Vinci Code Lacking

CANNES, France (AP) — Early critics seemed happy to try to break “The Da Vinci Code.” Reaction ranged from halfhearted admiration to boredom to derision among journalists at the first press screening of the Ron Howard-Tom Hanks blockbuster in waiting, premiering Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival and opening worldwide through Friday. “`Da Vinci’ never rises to the level of a guilty pleasure. Too much guilt. Not enough pleasure,” wrote critic Kirk Honeycutt in the trade paper The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press critic Christy Lemire found the movie “cursory and rushed. … As sturdy and versatile an actor as Hanks

Ron Howard answers Da Vinci critics

CANNES, France – Director Ron Howard had a suggestion Wednesday for people riled by the way Christian history is depicted in “The Da Vinci Code“: If you suspect the movie will upset you, don’t go see it. Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s blockbuster was to open the Cannes Film Festival later Wednesday at a glitzy black-tie premiere. Beforehand, he answered questions about “Da Vinci” protests around the world – and also in Cannes, where a Roman Catholic nun wearing a brown habit kneeled in prayer at the base of the red carpet. “There’s no question that the film is likely

Da Vinci Code Backs Away From Book

The Da Vinci Code movie deviates only subtly from the best-selling book on which it is based by making the lead character a man of some faith. The novel by Dan Brown posits the theory that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and fathered her child, two ideas that have incited protest from the faithful around the world. The film opens the Cannes Film Festival tonight. Screened for critics Tuesday in Los Angeles, the film offers more skepticism to the theory of Jesus’ marriage and fatherhood than Brown wrote. In the movie, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) expresses doubt about that

Most Da Vinci Code readers believe Jesus fathered a child, UK poll finds

The best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code has seriously damaged people’s faith in the Christian Church, a survey has found. Two thirds of Britons who have read Dan Brown’s thriller believe that Jesus fathered a child with Mary Magdalene, a claim rejected as baseless by historians and Bible scholars. Those who have read it are also four times as likely to think that the conservative Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei, whose members include the Cabinet minister Ruth Kelly, is a murderous sect. Seventeen per cent of readers are convinced that the lay group, whose founder was canonised by the late

Decoding Da Vinci: View from the pulpit

Christian leaders rally to curb what they fear could be a faith-shaking movie experience With a religious blitz of books, lectures and educational DVDs, Christian leaders are trying to defend the faith against the highly anticipated release of the movie “The Da Vinci Code.” One prominent evangelical leader, Rev. Erwin Lutzer of the Moody Church in Chicago, calls Dan Brown’s best-selling novel and the upcoming film “the most serious attack against Christianity” he has known in nearly 30 years of ministry. More than 7,800 evangelical pastors across the nation have purchased Lutzer’s educational DVD and study guide in hopes of

Fact vs. fiction: Apologist takes Da Vinci Code to task

It’s only fiction, but “The Da Vinci Code” garbles Christian dogma so convincingly that church groups are countering with point-by-point rebuttals in Web sites and books, as well as in presentations by experts such as Mike Licona. “Christianity is rooted in history, and we have very good evidence for the truth of Christianity and even the resurrection of Jesus,” said Licona, director of apologetics and interfaith evangelism for the North American Missions Board. The board is an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. As a Christian apologist – someone who makes a case for the truth of the religion –