Sheila interviews Brian "Bad Boy" Flemming about his response to this.
*See W.K.C. Guthrie, Orpheus and Greek Religion, p. 278: "In his review of this book in Gnomon (1935, p 476), Kern recants and expresses himself convinced by the expert opinion of Reil and Zahn that the gem is a forgery." If Flemming knew this thing was a fraud, why did he use it in his film? If he didn't know it was a fraud, what does that say about his critical abilities? Flemming says he used to be a Christian, and when he was, he was one who gullibly believed everything he was told. Now he is an atheist who gullibly believes everything he is told. Clearly Flemming is engaging in some serious "damage control" now that this error (and another, see next page) has been exposed. Despite his fantasies, this is not the "main point of criticism" of the film (there is much more covered in critiques found here) but it is certainly the simplest illustration of Flemming's inability to be critical. While it may appear to be a commendable effort that he now admits the error, it is in fact a case of trying to stuff a barn full of spilling marbles into a bedroom wastebasket.
Ridicule is a potent weapon. -- Sam Harris. Go to the introduction page.