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Between God and Gibson: German Mystical and Romantic Sources of "The Passion of the Christ"

Andrew Weeks
The German Quarterly
Vol. 78, No. 4, Focus on Film (Fall, 2005), pp. 421-440
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Association of Teachers of German
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30039448
Page Count: 20
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Between God and Gibson: German Mystical and Romantic Sources of "The Passion of the Christ"
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Abstract

The unsuspecting public of millions that saw Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion of the Christ upon its release in the spring of 2004 had no way of knowing that what purported to be a faithful rendering of events recounted in the Gospels in fact reproduced revelations attributed to the German nun Anna Katharina Emmerich whose visions had in turn been guided, recorded, and to a considerable extent authored by the Romantic poet Clemens Brentano. This article pursues the source from its origins in the poeticized obscurantism of German Romanticism to its recent rejuvenation by means of the visionary violence and horror of the Hollywood cinema.

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