The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 feature film based on the bestselling 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, by author Dan Brown. It was one of the most anticipated films of 2006, and was previewed at the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2006. It then entered major release in many other countries on May 18, 2006 with its first showing in the United States on May 19, 2006.

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The Da Vinci Code:Plot Summary

The film opens with a man (later revealed to be Jacques Saunière) being pursued by a mysterious hooded character carrying a handgun through one of the art wings in the Louvre. While trying to evade the man, he is confronted by him and reveals himself as Silas. Silas begins demanding the location of the Priory's clef de voûte or "keystone." However, Jacques instead tells him a lie that was told by the other three keepers of the secret as well, whom Silas all shot. Silas then shoots Jacques in the stomach, and walks out.

Saunière reveals a place (Church of Saint-Sulpice beneath the Rose), but we soon discover that this revelation was only a lie that was created by the Priory of Sion in case they were compromised.

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The Da Vinci Code:

Note: Some of these differences are based on the first edition of the book. Newer versions have been revised and in some cases are more similar to the film.

In the film, Langdon received the photograph of Saunière's corpse after giving a symbology lecture in a university, while he is autographing his books. In the novel, he is contacted after he returned to his hotel.

In the film, Langdon is more moderate in his views of the Roman Catholic Church than he is in the novel. In the novel, he agrees with Teabing on just about every accusation Teabing levels at the Roman Catholic Church. Langdon is also much more skeptical about the Priory of Sion in the film than he is in the novel.

The film makes no verbal reference to the Divine Proportion, however, during a sequence in which Langdon cuts his face shaving, the pattern of the blood droplet in the sink vaguely resembles the shape of the Greek letter Phi. Also, the Bank of Zurich's emblem closely resembles a Phi.

In the film, Sophie found the hidden message near the Mona Lisa written at the bottom right of the painting. In the novel, it is written on the plexiglass guard shielding the painting, making it appear as if it were written directly across the Mona Lisa's face.
In the film, Langdon deciphered the anagram, "So Dark The Con of Man," written near the Mona Lisa with the help of Sophie a few minutes after they found it, while, in the novel, Sophie deciphered it when Langdon couldn't.
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The Da Vinci Code:Cast

Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon

Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu

Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing

Alfred Molina as Bishop Aringarosa

Paul Bettany as Silas

Jean Reno as Bezu Fache

Jürgen Prochnow as André Vernet

Etienne Chicot as Lt. Jérôme Collet

Jean-Pierre Marielle as Jacques Saunière

Hugh Mitchell as Young Silas

Jean-Yves Berteloot as Rémy Legaludec

Seth Gabel as Michael the Cleric

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The Da Vinci Code:Location

Permission to film on the premises was granted to the film by the Louvre (although, since the crew was not permitted to shine light on the Mona Lisa, a replica was used instead, whilst the film crew used the Mona Lisa's chamber as a storage room), while Westminster Abbey denied the use of its premises, as did Saint-Sulpice. The Westminster Abbey scenes were instead filmed at Lincoln Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral, both belonging to the Church of England.

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The Da Vinci Code :Pre-release reactions


The Vatican
At a conference on April 28, 2006, the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a Vatican curial department formerly known as the Inquisition, Archbishop Angelo Amato, specifically called for a boycott of the film version of The Da Vinci Code; he said the movie is "full of calumnies, offences, and historical and theological errors."

Cardinal Francis Arinze, in a documentary called "The Da Vinci Code: A Masterful Deception," urged unspecified legal action against the makers of the film. "Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. There are some other religions which if you insult their founder they will not beREAD MORE

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The Da Vinci Code:Cast/crew response

Leading actor Tom Hanks has publicly denounced those who wish to boycott the film based on its biblical and historical inaccuracies. While admitting to the Evening Standard that those involved with the movie "always knew there would be a segment of society that would not want this movie to be shown," he adds that the film's story "is loaded with all sorts of hooey and fun kind of scavenger-hunt-type nonsense." Hanks went on to diminish the critical value of The Da Vinci Code bashers by saying that if they "are going to take any sort of movie at face value, particularly a huge-budget motion picture like this, (they'd) be making a very big mistake." While not downplaying the movie itself, Hanks stated that "all it is, is dialogue," adding that dialogue "never hurts." He also stated at the Cannes Film Festival that he and his wife saw no contradiction between their faith and the film, as "My heritage, and that of my wife, suggests that our sins have been taken away, not our brains."

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The da Vinci Code:Marketing campaign

The film's teaser trailer was released in the summer of 2005, a full year before the film's worldwide release. It was released before a single frame of the movie had been shot. It features crevices with some hidden symbols and was later revealed as an image of Da Vinci's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. (In reality, the painting plays a very little role in the film and is showed only for a few seconds.)

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The Da Vinci Code:Reactions to the film

There have been protesters at several movie theaters across the United States on opening weekend protesting the themes of the film, citing it as blasphemy and claiming that it shames both the Catholic Church, and Jesus Christ himself. More than 200 protesters also turned out in Athens, Greece to protest the film's release shortly before opening day. In Manila the movie was banned from all theathers and the set by the local MTRCB as an R18 movie for the Philippines.

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