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Clear" review by Suzanne
Airs various times on HBO
This is a very good documentary, and everyone should
watch it. Eight former scientology members are
interviewed; some of them were very high up in the
organization. Scientology has always tried to keep things
secret, but this documentary tells all.
It's quite shocking what people do in the name of
religion, and it's especially stunning to hear about the
physical and psychological abuse (brain-washing) that
members undergo. The famous scientologists like Tom Cruise
and John Travolta are mentioned a lot.
On the one hand, it's amazing that anyone can take it
seriously as a "religion" when it was created in the 20th
century by a science fiction author. Then again, Mormonism
also started in the 20th century. Where does a religion end
and a cult begin? It's hard to say, I guess. To me, not
being religious, they all seem equally crazy (as well as
anything magical or supernatural). On the other hand,
when you hear them talk about the story behind Scientology,
it does seem particularly crazy.
I would have promoted it sooner if I'd heard about it. I
watched it On Demand tonight. I don't normally watch many
shows that aren't fiction, but this sounded really
compelling, and it is. It's definitely worth watching.
Following the HBO documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence
in the House of God,” his investigation into sex abuse in
the Catholic Church, Academy Award®-winning director Alex
Gibney (HBO’s “Taxi to the Dark Side”) turns his gaze to
Scientology in GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF
BELIEF, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence
Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of
Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list
Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church
cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and
what they are willing to do in the name of religion.
This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from
its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise
in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film
is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders,
including high-ranking and recognizable members such as
acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash”), as they
describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by
Church officials, including the current leadership of the
A provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power,
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF will open
in theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on
Friday, March 13, prior to its HBO debut.
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF is written
and directed by Alex Gibney; based on the book by Lawrence
Wright; producers, Alex Gibney, Kristen Vaurio and Lawrence
Wright; editor, Andy Grieve; director of photography, Samuel
Painter. For HBO: supervising producer, Sara Bernstein;
executive producer, Sheila Nevins.
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