***I’m not sure where to post this thread, so please feel free to move it mods. Thank you.
I was wondering as I watched Passion of the Christ today, how much of it is Mel Gibson’s insertions, and poetic license? For example, I have studied the history of crucifixions, and I don’t recall reading or learning that the cross was ever turned over on the other side, for the soldiers to hammer the other side of the nail downward, like it shows happening to Jesus, in Gibson’s movie. I’m just curious if this is Mel Gibson using poetic license? Also how Christ carried the entire cross, is often different than historical accounts of crucifixions whereby the prisoners would carry a part of the cross, usually the part where their hands would be extended. It only matters in the sense, that why would Mel Gibson choose something that is not historical. My thought is that perhaps he wanted Christ to stand out amongst the typical of executions done by crucifixion. It’s possible that He did carry His cross in such a way, and that the soldiers did turn the cross over. Perhaps, to be exceptionally brutal to our Lord.
Another scene with Judas being chased by the ‘imaginary’ little kids whose faces are distorted and demonic…obviously, poetic license, it has been historically accounted that Judas had gone crazy after betraying Christ, and thus commiting suicide. I liked Mel Gibson’s insertions there.
Just wondering…what do you think about some of the poetic licenses that Gibson used?***