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Vatican orders Catholics to watch the Blues Brothers
06-19-2010, 10:15 PM,
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Vatican orders Catholics to watch the Blues Brothers
Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/18/blues_brothers/
Vatican orders Catholics to watch the Blues Brothers

They really were on a mission from God

By Joe Fay

Posted in Music and Media, 18th June 2010 10:11 GMT

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The Vatican has given a big fat thumbs up to the Blues Brothers, the 30-year-old movie that saw John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd outwit cops, Illinois Nazis and ex-girlfriends to save a Catholic orphanage.

Pope Benedict's in-house magazine L'Osservatore Romano has declared the film a "Catholic Classic" which should be recommended viewing for Papists everywhere.

Some media sources seem to be surprised at the decision, with the Telegraph pointing out lines such as "Curtis, I don't want to listen to no jive-ass preacher talking to me about Heaven and Hell."

The preacher in question, played by one James Brown, is an evangelical. Of course good Catholics wouldn't want to listen to some splitter talking theological matters.

In fact, a quick trot through the movie clearly shows its Catholic credentials.

The Blues Brothers starts with Jake's release from prison, highlighting themes of sin, forgiveness and redemption.

They visit their old Catholic orphanage only to be told by the mother superior that it is to be closed due to a tax bill - referencing the Gospel exhortation to give unto Caesar what is Caesar's.

They then swear in front a nun and are beaten for their trouble - an advert for Catholic education.

Throughout they declare themselves on a mission from God, and clearly enjoy divine protection as they miraculously escape car crashes, rocket attacks and a really angry Aretha Franklin.

Lastly, they dress in black, drink too much, swear and sing. They are clearly traditional neighbourhood Catholic priests. It's incredible that the rest of the world has taken 30 years to catch on.
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06-23-2012, 01:42 AM,
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RE: Vatican orders Catholics to watch the Blues Brothers
Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/21/blues_brothers_vatican/
Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers
No obvious signs of Templar involvement, however

By Joe Fay

Posted in Bootnotes, 21st June 2012 13:51 GMT

The Vatican has subtly shifted its stance on the Blues Brothers, with in-house(ofgod) magazine Osservatore Romano declaring the 33-year-old movie “a modern classic”.

The latest blessing, which coincides with an Italian outing for the movie on the 30th anniversary of John Belushi’s death, represents a reworking of the paper’s 2010 annunciation of the movie as a “Catholic classic”.

This week’s Osservatore Romano observes that the film is “now enshrined as a masterpiece”. [1]

At the same time, it says the challenge for the film is “conquering the new generations who are unlikely to appreciate some details inextricably linked at the time of construction”. These include the film’s own old-school Hollywood ensemble dance numbers, which it compares to the “aggressive aesthetics” of today’s videos.

Nevertheless, it continues, it expects modern audiences to remain “open-mouthed in front of a sense of rhythm and energy that are not seen today, a comedy that takes place on the edge of the surreal”.

It also notes that the movie is devoid of “digital technology” and “the arrogance intellectualistic of alchemies postmodern”.

All of which is bound to get the crowds flocking in.

However, Vatican watchers will no doubt be poring over the latest description of the film as a “modern classic” as opposed to the “Catholic classic” tag it merited a couple of years ago.

Fans of the Blues Brothers will of course be familiar with the Catholic imagery that runs through the movie, from its themes of forgiveness, redemption from sin, bailing out the church, giving unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and the smashing up of as many police cars as possible in the process.

The question of being on a “mission from god” clearly complicates matters, as this scene occurs in a pentecostalist or evangelical service, rather than a Catholic service.

It may be that this ecumenical complication has prompted the Papal reclassification. Or it may be simply be that in Church terms a movie that is 33 years old can now be described as modern, as opposed to merely new. ®
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