"Da Vinci" Film Not Great Art, Says Signis

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CANNES, France, MAY 17, 2006 (Zenit.org).- After seeing the première of "The Da Vinci Code," Signis, the world organization of Catholic communicators, concluded that "the Church has little to be concerned about" with the film.



"Many Christians from different backgrounds and sensibilities were anxious about the release of the film of 'The Da Vinci Code,' directed by Ron Howard," the group stated in a communiqué today.

"However, far from being a cinema masterpiece, the film is simply a popular entertainment," it contended. "While the early scenes set us on an exciting treasure hunt, the wordiness of the drawn-out twists of the later part of the film will disappoint many cinema-goers."

"The novel attempted to persuade its readers [with] some dubious hypotheses and some mumbo-jumbo theories," Signis observed. "The film wants rather to please everyone and not upset them too much.

"The writers have added quite a number of dialogue exchanges which downplay the more controversial statements of the novel about the Church, the divinity of Jesus, the role of Mary Magdalene and even Opus Dei."