Coming back soon to a theater near you — a controversial film about a Jewish guy from Nazareth who is worshiped as the Messiah and crucified by the Romans.
Julie passes along this information about a film that may be an antidote to Mel-hysteria, or it just may be a welcome laugh during a time when a lot of people appear to need it.
Posted by James at March 24, 2004 6:11 PM
“Life of Brian,” stirred an uproar all its own 25 years ago, with some Christians condemning the film as blasphemous. The film only got made when former Beatle George Harrison stepped in to finance the picture after EMI Films withdrew from the project, fearing that it was too controversial.
The movie focused on the fictional Brian of Nazareth, a Jew who is born in the manger next-door to Jesus and grows up to join an anti-Roman separatist group called the Judean People’s Front but ends up being mistaken for the Messiah.
The film’s creators have said it was meant as a spoof on Bible films and intolerance rather than Christianity.
But that distinction was lost on some who were offended by the irreverent flavor of the film, including a scene in which several crucifixion victims sing and whistle the tune “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” while hanging on crosses.