Italy unchains 'Christ'

Vivarelli, Nick
March 2004
Daily Variety;3/25/2004, Vol. 282 Issue 64, p24
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Italy has given the motion picture "The Passion of the Christ" a general admission rating, making the cradle of Catholicism the only country so far where actor Mel Gibson's gory picture will go out unrestricted. According to Ennio Varanelti, president of the commission that issued the G rating "We think that kids who have already received their first communion and know the Gospel also know exactly what Christ's passion is. "The Passion" will roll out on 600 plus screen April 7, 2004. Handling distribution will be Eagle Pictures, the first distributor to pick up the picture.


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