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Comments about the soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ (John Debney)

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Feeling guilty about Jesuschrist's death
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• Posted by: Richard Kleiner   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, October 9, 2009, at 11:28 p.m.
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• In Response to: The Passion music (Katja Samuelsson)
• Now Playing: Song of Complaint

> Oh your wife is annoyed, is she? Wow, that IS important, isn't it?

> I myself - with no religious faith at all - enjoyed the film as the
> masterpiece it is, since it's the first film about Jesus that follows the
> traditional Catholic view on the passion. I've seen most Jesus films, and
> I can see what purposes they were made for, and it's clear to me this is
> not religious priopaganda at all, but merely a work of love made by a
> devout Christian. I simply fail to see what is so annoying about that.

> I also enjoy Debney's score, since it is absolutely flawless and follows
> the film in a way we haven't actually experienced since Ennio Morricone
> changed movie music in the Dollar trilogies. Why it would bother you so
> much that it follows the suffering and death of Christ is beyond me -
> especially since you would certainly praise any other soundtrack depicting
> the film's plot in such a distinct way.

> I must say I believe your only trouble with the film and the soundtrack is
> the fact that both were made by Christians. And that, my friend, makes
> your review sadly prejudiced.

Rightly said. Apparently, those attacking the film and the score do it because they concieve both as sensationalistical excuses that employ gruesome depictions of violence to make people feel guilty about Jesus' death. Whoever thinks that just doesn't get the point of the film, because Christ never preached that in the Gospels. These type of people may have a burden in their lives and so they act out as outraged simply to mask their own feelings of guilt.

The Passion of the Christ is a very creative crossover score, it combines your traditional medieval church choir with rythms and instruments from the Holy Land and a very needed orchestra to form a unique sound. This and Cutthroat Island are Debney's greatest works.

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  • The Passion music  (2600 views)
       Katja Samuelsson - Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 12:44 a.m.
    •      Feeling guilty about Jesuschrist's death  (2157 views)    We're Here
         Richard Kleiner - Friday, October 9, 2009, at 11:28 p.m.

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