Friday, March 16, 2007

Robert Novak at the Newsweek/Washington Post blog On Faith, complaining about the treatment of Catholics in American culture:

In the recent film Elizabeth (about Queen Elizabeth II), a Catholic priest and emissary from the Pope who is smuggled into England is shown beating to death with his bare hands a young Protestant nobleman. Can you imagine a rabbi treated that way by Hollywood?


Early in his filmmaking career, Allen made Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)"(1972). The film consists of a series of satiric sketches on sexual subjects. One sketch presents a game show called "What's Your Perversion?" The contestant, old Rabbi Baumel, is allowed to act out his fantasy. He is tied to a chair with a silk stocking and whipped by a beautiful blonde, all the while watching his wife eat pork.

Yeah, that's much more respectful.


(Novak link via TBogg and Whiskey Fire. Just for the record, the "recent" "Hollywood" movie Elizabeth was made in 1998; it was a co-production of England's Channel 4 Films, England's Working Title Films, and the then London-based PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, and was directed by Shekhar Kapur, who was born in what is now Pakistan.)


And Tom reminds me in comments that Novak has his roman numeral wrong -- the Elizabeth of Elizabeth is, of course, Elizabeth I, not Elizabeth II. I assumed Novak knew this was a period piece, but who knows? Maybe he actually thinks it's about the current queen.

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