rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
[personal profile] rymenhild
Via [livejournal.com profile] musingsylph: The Golden Compass movie website, newly arrived on the Internet, provides a working alethiometer. (No direct link; click on the button marked "alethiometer" on the page.)

Apparently, one of the meanings of "bread" is "Christ." Obviously, as [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe pointed out when I started discussing the site with her, bread is connected to Christ through the communion wafer. It interests me that the website designers chose to put Christ in their symbol reader. They're clearly invoking the theological underpinnings of His Dark Materials, and yet they're also rewriting His Dark Materials. Pullman's allegorical structure notably lacks a Christ-figure; the role of God is played by a senile being who may once have been God-the-Father and by his regent, the angel Metatron. I've found myself wondering whether the Consistorial Church of Lyra's universe is Christian at all.

In any case, the decision to include theology in the website to a mass-market movie based on a remarkably anticlerical sequence of books pleases me. I have hopes that Pullman's allegories do not all get wiped away in the conversion process.

ETA: One of the crocodile's meanings is "America." Dear programmers, I know that some of the people working on this website have examined Pullman's world maps. I suppose those weren't the people working on the alethiometer.
From:
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

Profile

rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
rymenhild

January 2017

S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags