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THE REAL DA VINCI CODE
You've read the novel. Now learn the real story. With intellectual rigor and a hint of impish humor noted British actor and commentator Tony Robinson follows the trail laid down by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code and undertakes his own quest for the Holy Grail.
Interviewing such respected experts as Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels, Robinson crisscrosses Europe and the Holy Land, from Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, in hot pursuit of historical truth. He also sits down with Michael Baigent, who co-authored Holy Blood, Holy Grail the controversial book from which Brown drew the theories underpinning his novel.
Did a sect of medieval warrior-monks uncover a shocking secret about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the Holy Grail? Did Leonardo Da Vinci plant clues to the long-suppressed truth in his paintings? Do shadowy societies protect the Grail, even today? The Real Da Vinci Code is an informative, entertaining investigation that authoritatively separates imaginative fiction from historical fact.
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The strength of this documentary is that it sticks purely to the evidence, comparing it at every stage with the claims Brown makes as part of the allegedly 'well researched' background to his novel. In particular, Robinson demolishes the claim made on the novel's first page (under the bold heading 'FACT') that the so-called "Priory of Sion" is a real organisation. Robinson takes to this claim with an entertaining combination of detailed detective work and obvious relish and lays out the real story of the 'Priory' - not a real medieval secret society at all, but rather a clumsy modern hoax by a French eccentric.
With the claims about the 'Priory' demolished (complete with a rather funny interview with a visibly squirming *Holy Blood Holy Grail* author, Mighael Baigent) just about all of the rest of the 'historical background' to Brown's novel begins to fall apart.
While this section of the documentary is highly detailed and definitely worth telling, other parts towards the end of the DVD seemed a little rushed by comparison. Robinson features Leonardo expert, Charles Nicholl (author of *Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind*) who gives a very clear explanation as to why the figure of John to Jesus' right in The Last Supper is not 'Mary Magdalene' and why Leonardo would paint a young man in such an effeminate manner.Read more ›
This is a well made documentary where Robinson presents his arguments, proposals and conclusions based on the available evidence and compares and contrast the claims and arguments presented by Dan brown. I liked his methodical approach that is convincing particularly the scholarly way he exposes the Priory de Sion as a hoax and not some medieval secret society. Much to his credit, Tony Robinson does not approach the investigation from a religious view, giving his finding much objectivity.
This is a worthwhile film for those who are seeking a more thoroughly investigated refutation of Dan Brown's claims and arguments, although it is not a very conclusive and definitive rebuttal, due to some omissions in the film. Very good viewing for the open minded.
And what about the so-called researchers like Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince in their extremely poor research in their book "The Templar Revelation" or Margaret Starbird's credentials in her "Woman of the Alabaster Jar"? They are all discredited!
If you really want to get rid of all this "Da Vinci Code" madness, the authors of this documentary hosted by Tony Robinson is great! The other book recommendation is "The Da Vinci Hoax". Feel free to embrace the truth over sensationalism!
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Great, Tony Robinson I really like. I don't get tired of seeing it over and over.Published 8 months ago by Frank E. Rimkus
The Da Vinci Code, in my opinion, is a great book that is made in a different sort of way. It is about the blurred beginning of Catholicism and of the location of the Holy Grail. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Rafael Figueroa
The DVD is really good. However, it says on the Amazon description that there is a French track. There is NOT! Neither are there French subtitles.Published on April 14, 2012 by PopArtGal
I find it amusing how much energy has gone into disproving bits & pieces of a fictional work. Must the book bear the waiver, "Warning: This is a novel, don't live your life by... Read morePublished on July 30, 2007 by Bruno Lobo
Tony Robinson -- with intellectual vigor and some humor, thoroughly investigates the key contentions and themes of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Read morePublished on February 4, 2007 by WyomingNomad
I guess many people do not quite understand that the value of Dan Brown's book is not in accuracy of biblic facts, so they gladly fight the parts of novel that are obviously... Read morePublished on August 20, 2006 by Sonja Vu