Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I watched the film "Goya's Ghosts" the other day. As I was feeling a bit under the inquisition after the last few posts, the film struck a few chords. When people question the Church, guess what happens? People get upset. In the days of the Inquisition, the Church had methods of dealing with dissent. The inquisitor would put people to "The Question." This is presented graphically in the film. The "religious" argument is presented that if you are truthful, God will sustain you throughout torture even unto death. Of course, the failure of this argument is demonstrated through the revelation of man's weakness in the character of the Inquisitor Brother Lorenzo who fails in his own time of being put to the test. The film is less about Goya than it is about the Ghosts of the inquisition, those spectres who did not conform and were put to "The Question." It is also about the way we tend to become the very thing we despise. You may want to add this movie to your catalog.