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by Father Meinrad Miller, O.S.B.
"Da Vinci" Film Not Great Art, Says Signis
CANNES, France, MAY 17, 2006 (Zenit.org).- After seeing the première of
Da Vinci Code," Signis, the world organization of Catholic
concluded that "the Church has little to be concerned about" with the
"Many Christians from different backgrounds and sensibilities were
about the release of the film of 'The Da Vinci Code,' directed by Ron
Howard," the group stated in a communiqué today.
"However, far from being a cinema masterpiece, the film is simply a
entertainment," it contended. "While the early scenes set us on an
treasure hunt, the wordiness of the drawn-out twists of the later part
the film will disappoint many cinema-goers."
"The novel attempted to persuade its readers [with] some dubious
and some mumbo-jumbo theories," Signis observed. "The film wants rather
please everyone and not upset them too much.
"The writers have added quite a number of dialogue exchanges which
the more controversial statements of the novel about the Church, the
divinity of Jesus, the role of Mary Magdalene and even Opus Dei."
Father Meinrad Miller, O.S.B.
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