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On not expecting the Spanish Inquisition

From A. O. Scott’s review of The Fountain

In “The Fountain,” Darren Aronofsky’s third feature (after “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream”), Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz play star-crossed lovers in three different eras. Back in the 16th century, Ms. Weisz is Queen Isabel, a glowingly beautiful monarch menaced by the cruel intolerance of the Spanish Inquisition. (I know, I didn’t suspect it either.)

The one beat it took me to get that was just long enough for me to swallow my mouthful of coffee, therefore preventing a spit-take.