Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

DVD - 2014
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In this feature documentary, anti-gay religious groups meet the gay Jesus play. The film follows the troupe, playwright, and audiences across the U.S. and around the world on a five-year journey of Terrence McNally's passion play, where voices of protest and support collide on one of the central issues facing the LGBT community, religion-based bias related to issues of civil rights, marriage equality, and separation of church and state.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 220.60866 C8173 2014
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
NTSC,rda
digital,optical,stereo,rda
1 videodisc (ca. 78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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LEE M OLSEN
Dec 01, 2016

This documentary about a troupe of actors performing Mc Nally's play leaves one wanting to see the play itself. Unfortunately only very brief extracts of it are shown. Almost all of the film deals with the actors' reactions to it, their lives, their roles, the protesters outside and lots and lots of talking heads. Many issues are not even addressed: why are half the cast women when the play is about Jesus and the 12 Apostles? How is this group that is not paid, but seemingly amateurs, able to survive for years touring the world ? It does however make one want to see the play that affected so many of them so profoundly.

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