AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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12/8/08

Doubt: The Devil Wears A Habit





Why are our most esteemed older actresses always relegated to all those ghastly shrew roles. And there's something awfully hypocritical and, yes, sexist about these entire proceedings. And it's not just those shamelessly manipulative scenes of the priests making merry over wine and sumptuous dinners in their separate quarters, while the nuns pick over their unappetizing looking meals like fussy crones with chronic indigestion.

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1 comment:

  1. Doubt is one of those films that should never have been made. It should have remained a play.

    There is a significant difference between a film and a play. A play is based on a limited set and the dialogue and the characters move the play from scene to scene. But in a film, the setting is important.

    Sometimes the train, or the flight of a bird, the sight of an open field become an essential part of a film. A film is bigger than life.

    Doubt is an example where the film never did get bigger than life. It was compelled by a 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf' type of dialogue, and it didn't really matter where the exchange between the characters took place.

    To make Doubt into a film diminishes its impact, almost trivializes it. And that is exactly why this film failed, in spite of the impressive acting performances.

    Linda Z

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