Constantine's Sword (2007)
Critic Consensus: Exceptional research elevates Constantine's Sword from a talking heads documentary to a resonant and thought-provoking expose of the church's dark history.
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Critic Reviews for Constantine's Sword
Jacoby and Carroll make their case skillfully, carefully excerpting key scenes from Lenny (with Dustin Hoffman doing a Lenny Bruce monologue on anti-Jewish prejudice) and The Robe.
The breadth of Carroll's scholarship and the depth of his religious understanding strengthen his assertion that our misadventure in Iraq is the beginning of a new holy war.
But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way.
Audience Reviews for Constantine's Sword
It's not much more than a talking head documentary or a really well researched History channel show. I don't mean that to come across as demeaning as it sounds, because this film is pretty informational, even if I think it's conclusions are a little extreme and inaccurate. What doesn't work for me is how procedural the film progresses. I wish we had spent more time with Carroll on his personal journey, but then I probably would have complained about there not being enough objective facts involved. I don't know what it is I didn't care for, but this didn't work for me all the way.
Yet another brilliant documentary questioning religion and the political/military structure surrounding religion for the purposes of controlling larger populations when undergoing military and ruling objectives. The more people who educate themselves with information from books and films like "Constantine's Sword," the more that reason would begin seeping into our population.
An honest, balanced look at the Catholic church's less-than-awesome past. James Carroll confronts a lot of important issues, but doesn't preach about them - just asks you to think. Also, that evangelical pastor they interviewed totally had an affair with a gay prostitute after the movie was finished and that's pretty hilarious.
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