In the Dark

Leonardo’s Little Joke

The Da Vinci Code
Produced by Columbia Pictures
Directed by Ron Howard
Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman from the novel by Dan Brown
Distributed by Sony Pictures

At one point in The Da Vinci Code, the marvelously funny movie based on Dan Brown’s as nearly hilarious novel, Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), renowned cryptologist for the Direction Centrale Police Judiciaire in Paris, and Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), Harvard’s world-famous professor of religious symbology, stumble onto what just may be “the greatest cover-up in human history.”  It seems that a secret society known as the Priory of Sion, a.k.a. the Keepers, has been safeguarding this “truth” since A.D. 1099.  If divulged, it would “devastate the foundations of Christianity.”  So what in bejesus is this truth?  Simply this: Christ and Mary Magdalene were lovers.  After his crucifixion, she absconded to France—where else?—and gave birth to their daughter, Sarah.  Furthermore, this began a bloodline that reaches down to the present day.  Upon learning this, Sophie looks at Robert, her eyes wide with cryptological astonishment, and asks, “Is it possible?”  Robert pauses for a solemnly judicious moment before replying, “It’s not impossible.”  In the science of symbology, possibility is all.

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