Not since Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) has a movie about Jesus received such a wide release — or such controversy — as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (www.thepassionofchrist.com). It opened Feb. 25 — Ash Wednesday — in more than 2,000 theaters. It also had the widest release ever for a subtitled movie (the actors speak Latin and Aramaic).
But long before the film depicting the last 12 hours of Jesus' life opened, it created controversy. While some reviled Scorsese's movie for its humanistic portrayal of Jesus, The Passion is being criticized as anti-Semitic.
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