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Tickled by da Vinci

Posted at 4:52 PM on May 18, 2006 by Euan Kerr

The coverage of the impending arrival of "The da Vinci Code" has been a real treat. Who knew that a Ron Howard film could cause such a ruckus? I mean, does there really a special Vatican office to counter the book and the film?

So is this a serious threat to those who feel the "DVC" undermines the divinity of Jesus? Possibly, but no more than "The Last Temptation of Christ" or Jean-Luc Goddard's "Hail Mary."

That latter film portrayed Mary as a contemporary teenager facing approbation as an unwed mother. When the movie got to Minneapolis all those years ago, someone broke into the theater where it was being shown and smashed the bulbs in the projector.

The story got lots of publicity for the film, and the projectionist got another bulb. Probably a whole lot more people went to see the film as a result, which is sad in a way, because like a lot of Goddard's later work, it was tediously long and lacked much of a point.

The real story is yet to come. Will Tom H. and Audrey T. pull Hollywood out of its box office slump? The number of ticket sales are up over the end of last year, but that could well be because the studios have been pumping out more movies per weekend than late last year.

Early reviews don't seem to give a lot of hope. The Maven will have a review soon, but she didn't seem overwhelmed just after the show....

Film Fest Update The Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival announced today that it turned a profit. While it didn't reveal how much it made, Festival organizers says that it bodes well for next years event, and for the future of the Oak Street and the Bell Museum. Ali Selim's "Sweet Land" won the Audience favorite poll, "Fire and Ice" took the vote for best documentary, and "Cave of the Yellow Dog" took the audience prize in Best of the Fest.

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