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Da Vinci Code Movie Poster
« on: May 16, 2006, 05:53:37 am »
(BBC, 25 April 2006)

A giant poster promoting The Da Vinci Code film is to be removed from a Rome church following complaints. The Italian authorities are to take down the advert, which was put on scaffolding covering the Church of St Pantaleo while it underwent renovation. The church's rector, Reverend Adolfo Garcia Duran, said the poster advertised "something that is against Christ and against the church".

The novel claims Christ's bloodline was covered up by the Catholic Church.

The Interior Ministry, which owns the church and awarded the renovation contract to an external company, said the poster would be removed in the next week. The poster, which features a picture of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the film's title, was plastered across the church's scaffold-covered facade.

Reverend Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for Rome's Vicariate, the Italian capital's church authority, said the poster had been "causing a problem". He said: "This movie is not reputed to be particularly appreciated by ecclesiastic circles." The Vicariate had written to the Ministry, calling for the poster to be removed.

The removal of the poster is the latest attack on Dan Brown's work by Catholic Church officials. On Good Friday, the preacher for the papal household denounced theories which he said made huge profits in denying the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Catholic group Opus Dei, which is portrayed as murderous and power-crazed in the book, has asked for a disclaimer to be placed on the film.

The film, which stars Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, is scheduled for general release on 19 May.

The book has sold more than 40million copies worldwide.