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  •  What an enjoyable essay, Ellid! (11+ / 0-)

    Thank you for this very entertaining and well-written critique.  

    This made me bark with laughter:

    it was all in Aramaic and Latin with English subtitles (appealing to America's vast Aramaic-American population, no doubt),
    I couldn't watch "The Passion of the Christ."  It got on my nerves for exactly the reason the online review said:  "Jesus gets the shit beat out of him for two hours."  Not my scene.

    Funnily enough, I was just thinking of one of the scenes in "The Robe" today:  the one in which Marcus Gallio, hurrying through a public space in Rome, suddenly meets Diana, a long-time family friend.  And she's by herself!  The idea that a young Roman woman of good family would EVER be allowed out unescorted by at least one woman servant and probably a couple of men servants is ludicrous!  But they didn't care in dear old Hollywood, just went ahead and did it.

    And Gallio's clipped way of speaking didn't seem very believable, even though it is well known that ALL Romans spoke with British accents.  Why, just look at the movie "Julius Caesar"!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 06:39:43 PM PDT

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