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Security Tight For First Showing of Scorsese Film In Montreal

August 12, 1988

MONTREAL (AP) _ Guards with truncheons searched handbags and stood by the side of the screen when Martin Scorsese’s controversial film, ″The Last Temptation of Christ,″ was shown for the first time in Montreal.

But although 30 people protested peacefully outside the cinema, there was no trouble inside and an invited audience had a mixed reaction Thursday night.

″I found it very interesting and thought-provoking,″ said an Anglican priest, Canon Garth Bulmer. ″I enjoyed it even though much was far-fetched. It does make you think a lot about Jesus.″

The movie was opening to the public today in Montreal and Toronto.

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