Cinema: Hell Is a Hotel

No Exit. The idea of hell has gradually been going to hell. In the ancient Hebrew tradition it was a bottomless pit where "the fire is sixty times as hot as the fire of this earth." To St. Thomas it was a sort of overheated sideshow that the saints in heaven were permitted to watch in order to "enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly." To the poet Shelley it was "a city much like London." To Existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, whose most celebrated theatrical tract can now be seen in a free cinemadaptation, hell is just a cheap...