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Greek museum to show full film

August 05, 2009|Associated Press

Greece's new Acropolis Museum said Tuesday that it would restore references to early Christians vandalizing the ancient Parthenon temple, which were deleted from a film shown to visitors for fear of angering the country's powerful Orthodox Church.

The decision last month to delete the short segment angered the film's creator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Costa-Gavras, and was criticized in the Greek press as an act of censorship. The controversy came just over a month after the opening of the new museum.

Museum Director Dimitris Pantermalis said the film would be shown uncut, as the Greek-born French filmmaker told him the segment implied no official involvement of the church of the day in the vandalism some 1,500 years ago.

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