Constantine's Sword

Director Oren Jacoby's intriguing documentary examines the history of anti-Semitism in the Catholic Church (as exposed in James Carroll's controversial book Constantine's Sword) and the link between the U.S. military and the Christian right. From Constantine's reign in the fourth century to today's evangelical base at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jacoby's film offers a provocative look at the roots of holy war.
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Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
The breadth of Carroll's scholarship and the depth of his religious understanding strengthen his assertion that our misadventure in Iraq is the beginning of a new holy war.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
But I ramble. So does the movie, in an insidiously fascinating way.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
Whatever your persuasion, you'll walk out enriched.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
The movie covers an immense amount of shameful historical ground, but the soft-spoken Carroll's mission is less about winning an argument than prodding true believers
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times  full review
The movie raises important issues, but it provides few answers as it moves along in uninspired, talking-heads fashion.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
At once enthralling and troubling...does about as good a job as you could hope of distilling a 750-page historical examination of religious zealotry and power into 95 swift minutes.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
Oren Jacoby's magnificent, thought-provoking essay film Constantine's Sword examines the unholy alliance between organized religion and military power.
Ronnie Scheib, Variety  full review
[A] searching, intellectually lively documentary.
Jim Ridley, Village Voice  full review
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  • Release Year: 2007
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Available From: Dec 20, 2008
  • Queued by: 551 people
Directed By
Oren Jacoby
Eli Wallach, Natasha Richardson, Liev Schreiber

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