Frank Rich

Burning 'Passion'

08/08/2003
Staff Writer
Is Mel Gibson a cynical manipulator or an insensitive true believer? Those are two theories being floated in trying to explain the increasing controversy over Gibson's upcoming film, "The Passion," his bloody retelling of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Some leading interfaith experts say the film, which the 47-year-old Gibson co-wrote and is due out in February, violates Catholic teachings and will foment anti-Semitism worldwide.

Rich With Opinions

12/03/1999
Staff Writer
For a professional critic, it was an unusual admission. “Maybe,” said Frank Rich, “I’m a Pollyanna.” Rich, former chief drama critic for The New York Times (when reminded of his nickname, “the butcher of Broadway,” he quipped: “kosher butcher”), current op-ed page columnist for the paper and senior writer for its magazine, spoke Tuesday at a forum sponsored by The Jewish Week. More than 250 people attended the event, part of a series of public programs sponsored by the paper.
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