How an Obscure 2nd Century Christian Heresy Influenced Snowpiercer

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Snowpiercer is shaping up to be the sleeper success of 2014. But no one has yet commented on one of the film's most unusual subtexts — its direct allusions to Gnosticism, the ancient Christian belief system that was damned by the Roman Church as heretical and virtually extinguished by the 5th century.

Despite its obscurity, Gnosticism still exerts a profound, if seldom acknowledged, influence on the 21st century popular imagination. Like the Matrix trilogy and The Truman Show before it,Snowpiercer is a Gnostic allegory par excellence.

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