What better way to cap off a “renegade week” of music than with music from a movie that stirred up a ton of controversy when it was released in 1988?
I’m talking about the Martin Scorsese film “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a movie that portrayed Jesus in a very human light — with all of the thoughts, emotions, and temptations that humans go through.
It was a film that “thought outside the box” in a very big way, and met with fierce protests from Christian organizations upon its release.
Among the fiercest of protests, Molotov cocktails were launched inside the Parisian Saint Michel theater on October 22, 1988, while it was showing the film, an attack that injured 13 people with four severely burned. The theater was shut down for three years because of the damage before it could be reopened. Jack Lang, France’s Minister of Culture, went to the theater after the fire, and said, “Freedom of speech is threatened, and we must not be intimidated by such acts.” The Archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger, condemned the attack, saying, “You don’t behave as Christians but as enemies of Christ. From the Christian point of view, one doesn’t defend Christ with arms. Christ himself forbade it.”
I was reminded of the music this week as I was going through the music of Peter Gabriel, who wrote the music for the movie’s soundtrack and later expanded on that to turn it into a full-fledged album. He later won a Grammy Award for the music from the album, “Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ.”
If one could leave such a task of coming up with music to depict the life of Christ, they’d leave it in capable hands by giving it over to Peter Gabriel. Take a listen to the music of the Book of Revelation-themed epic Genesis rock classic “Supper’s Ready” and you’ll see what I mean.
- My music playlist for today (July 7, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)