The Devil in the Holy Water (2002)

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Not coincidentaly did the Pope's aniversary jubilee coincide with World Gay Pride celebrations in Rome.


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24 December 2003 | skina
Missed opportunity
The intention of the documentary is probably to put on the same screen these two somehow opposite sides of life (in case the church has any): Vatican and the World Gay Pride that took place in Rome. We reach a plateau level within the first 10 minutes, after which the film stagnates to presenting us what we already knew or seen before, sometimes in more involving ways (see some BBC and Arte documentaries on Vatican). And what we see is: 1) Christians can be very obtuse and violent, 2) reason and being in the 21st century doesn't mean anything to Vatican, 3) not all Christians are violent, 4) women are more tolerant to the idea of being gay, even if they still consider it a personal choice, 5) macho cultures cover themselves in ridicule and prefer to be told what to think (and what's worse, they ask Vatican to do the thinking). I expected a confrontation of ideas but the gays came over as self indulgent topless beefcakes (oops, isn't that the truth?). And the way it is presented, we understand that the whole parade was organised by 1 lesbian. The documentary continues to fail on giving a complete document of what happened: did the gay pride reach/obtain their goal(s)? Is Vatican forever going to be stiff and stinking? What do the Christians think about Vatican's retard-ness, since the Christians pump zillions in the Pope's drag act.

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10 May 2003



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Rome, Lazio, Italy

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