‘The Gospel of Eureka’ Review: Christianity and Queerness Intersect in a Small Town | Modern Society of USA

‘The Gospel of Eureka’ Review: Christianity and Queerness Intersect in a Small Town

‘The Gospel of Eureka’ Review: Christianity and Queerness Intersect in a Small Town

“The Gospel of Eureka” is only 75 minutes long, yet feels much longer. That’s partly because this cheery documentary — about the uneasy alignment of L.G.B.T. life and avid Christianity in the town of Eureka Springs, Ark. — refuses to grapple with its glaring contradictions. Mostly, though, it’s because of the inordinate amount of screen time surrendered to a tiresome Passion play extravaganza. Watching people watch a stage is just lazy filmmaking, no matter how many donkeys, doves and bleating goats enliven the spectacle.

Cutting repeatedly between the play and a rowdy drag show at a thriving gay bar, the directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher underscore the parallels in the pageantry. The exuberant drag artists applying their war paint share common showbiz purpose with the actor playing Jesus, smearing himself with fake blood (“It’s edible!”) and proudly displaying the prop room’s selection of whips. Like his queer counterparts across town, his lip-syncing is flawless.

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