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Crimes of Passion (1984) - Ken Russell
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A Passion play is a dramatic presentation depicting the Passion of Christ: the trial, suffering and death of Jesus Christ. It is a traditional part of Lent in several Christian denominations, particularly in Catholic tradition. The 2004 film The Passion of the Christ (produced by Mel Gibson) had a plot similar to that of Passion plays. [Jan 2007]
A crime of passion, in popular usage, refers to a crime in which the perpetrator commits a crime, especially assault or murder, against a spouse or other loved one because of sudden strong impulse such as a jealous rage or heartbreak rather than as a premeditated crime. A typical crime of passion, for example, might involve a husband who discovers his wife has made of him a cuckold and proceeds to brutally batter or even kill the man with whom she was involved.
DefinitionThough the word passion is now used to mean a great enthusiasm for some thing or for erotic emotions, in a Christian context, the Passion is the technical term for the suffering and Agony of Jesus Christ that led directly to the Crucifixion, the central Christian event. The "Passion plays" tell this story in the Gospels. This usage exposes the etymological origins of the word, which lie in the Latin pati: "to suffer" . --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passion [May 2004]
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