…it was a match made in heaven…
CAIRO — Egyptian police have confiscated 2,000 pirated CD copies of the controversial film, The Da Vinci Code, and arrested the owner of a local film production company, a security source said on Sunday.
A special police force charged with monitoring artistic productions raided the downtown Cairo store on Saturday, as the company prepared to distribute the CDs, the source said.
…It has not been released in Egypt, but the production has enraged the country’s Christians, who account for about 10 percent of the country’s population of 73 million. [source]
I can understand that they would want to ban it for the sake of a symbolic guesture, in other words doing it for the sake of politics, because given the current realities of the world today there can’t possibly be the expectation that they can physically go after every copy of the movie; but to actually try and do that? This is the information age; trying to confiscate these CDs is like trying to put out a bushfire by blowing on it!
Several movie theatres in the capital have pulled down posters of Ã¢??The Da Vinci CodeÃ¢?Â film in anticipation of its possible ban.
Meanwhile, shops selling pirated DVDs in downtown Amman are awash with copies of the controversial film, which is based on the controversial blockbuster novel of the same name by American writer Dan Brown. DVD shop owners say customers are showing Ã¢??unusualÃ¢?Â interest in the movie.
Ã¢??The first batch of movies I brought was sold out in less than an hour. Customers are eager to know why this movie attracted so much attention,Ã¢?Â said one shop owner, who refused to give his name.
Managers of movie theatres in the capital say they have not yet received the go- ahead to screen the movie, which was released worldwide last month.
Ã¢??We were concerned that the posters might hurt some peopleÃ¢??s feelings,Ã¢?Â said Mohammad Hawasheen, director of Grand Cinemas in Amman. [Jordan Times]