I have blogged last year
about The Kingdom of the Wicked
of Anthony Burgess. Easter is coming soon (and too early this year) so I am blogging about it again. I had been wanting to watch the movie/
tv miniseries "adaptation" (I say this as it is not truly an adaptation, as like with Jesus of Nazareth
the novel was written in parallel to the script), called A.D./Anno Domini.
From little information I had, it was pretty much unavailable, except for some religious organisations that were selling it (but I wouldn't give them a penny if I could avoid it). Then something, maybe not a miracle, but t an incredible bit of luck happened to me: I found it on YouTube under the (stupid) title Jesus of Nazareth II
. I am not certain if the movie has not been heavily edited, but at least I can finally watch it. So far, it is not nearly as good as Jesus
or Moses the Lawgiver
. Obviously, it is not nearly as provocatively intelligent as the original novel, which was as much an uncompromising questioning of the Christian faith as a vivid account of its birth, a sympathetic yet ironic portrait of early Christians and a story of the crushing of man's wordly ambitions and spiritual ideals by the blunt force of nature. It is irreverent, blasphemous, epic, witty, it may be a masterpiece. The movie, so far, sorely lacks this and it has a bit of a Sunday school feel which disappoints me a bit. it lacks the irreverence. But there are bits of dialogue which do have Burgess's touch, so I do not despair. And in any case, there is always the novel.
I've never read The Kingdom of the Wicked -- sounds good. I'll add it to my list.
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