The devil and the Culture Wars
Demonising controversy in The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of the Christ
in The Bible onscreen in the new millennium
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This chapter examines how the devil in both Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) is used as a political and rhetorical device, both within the epics and as a reflection of the historical and cultural moment. It will also analyse these entries in the culture wars for their place in demonising Others, focusing on The Passion of the Christ as a post-9/11 commentary, looking back for the beginnings of these controversies and demonic constructions in The Last Temptation, forwarding these ideas onto our current revision of the culture wars and creating a bridge between the pre-modern and the modern biblical epic.

The Bible onscreen in the new millennium

New heart and new spirit

Editor: Wickham Clayton



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