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« on: January 05, 2012, 03:50:08 PM »

Hello all, I realize that no film out there can do justice to the life of our blessed savior but, for those of you that have seen a film based on his life what would you consider the best? I have often heard that Jesus of Nazareth from 1977 is the best what say ye?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 03:51:21 PM »

I've heard that too.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012, 04:23:42 PM »

The Gospel of John is a faithful film rendition of that gospel.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012, 04:54:23 AM »

The Gospel of John is a faithful film rendition of that gospel.

Well I like "The Passion of the Christ" I look at that and I cant think of anything I would have done differently other than cast someone else as Christ. He was a little over the top on some of the scenes and lacked poise but overall it was excellent. It highlights the part of Christ's life that Orthodox conveniently forget, but that the western Church perhaps focuses on a wee bit too much (he did rise you know...).

The Gospel of John watching it I would have done so many scenes differently. 

"Jesus of Nazareth" and the sequel "Acts of the Apostles" sounds like your best bet unless you want some sheer comedy in "Jesus Christ, Superstar." Actually, I think the Pilate in that movie is the only one that does it right out of all the ones I've seen, but everything else is s@#!.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2012, 07:08:56 AM »

This remake of Jesus Christ Superstar is fairly good:
http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Christ-Superstar-Glenn-Carter/dp/B000056NX5/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1326106796&sr=1-1

the "Smashn' of the Christ" was rediculous tripe...Gibson used a biblical theme to put as much gore a violence on the screen as he possbly could; the same way De Mille made films on biblical themes as an excuse to show scantilly clad people cavorting onscreen and getting by the censors.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012, 08:41:32 AM »

The Gospel of John is a faithful film rendition of that gospel.

I started watching this over the Christmas "break".  Haven't finished it, yet.

However, while it didn't show something "untrue", I thought it to be a bit too lighthearted.

"Jesus" is always walking at a rather brisk pace, always smiling and seemed less then serious when Christ would have been very serious at pivotal moments.

Again, I haven't finished it yet, however, to me it seemed they were hitting the "points", but, not spreading the message.  Very seldom did you hear the words and the lessons which Christ spoke.  He was here, he was there....he was feeding, healing, etc.  But, the "message" was missing. 

He was being persecuted, however, if you didn't already know what was going on, you would not have "learned" anything about Christianity, just about some episodes in the life of a man named Jesus.

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2012, 09:21:00 AM »

Go with 'Jesus of Nazareth.' My mother adores Robert Powell.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012, 01:36:27 PM »

There was a lot I liked in the Passion of the Christ. Perhaps too much license was taken in what to depict and "add" to the Gospel story, but I loved the cinematic feel and the music.

But, in all, I'd have to say there isn't a good film on the life of Christ. No one has made one yet. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2012, 02:49:33 PM »

This remake of Jesus Christ Superstar is fairly good:
http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Christ-Superstar-Glenn-Carter/dp/B000056NX5/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1326106796&sr=1-1

the "Smashn' of the Christ" was rediculous tripe...Gibson used a biblical theme to put as much gore a violence on the screen as he possbly could; the same way De Mille made films on biblical themes as an excuse to show scantilly clad people cavorting onscreen and getting by the censors.
As for De Mille, you could be right, but I gotta say that Roman executions of provincials (of which Jesus was one) was pretty darn brutal.

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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2012, 03:28:00 PM »

Jesus of Nazareth is probably the best one.

As far as other movies that deal with His crucifixion, death, Resurrection and/ or the actions of his apostles after those events, I'd suggest:  Passion of the Christ, The Robe, Demetrios and the Gladiators, Barrabbas to name a few.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2012, 03:59:33 PM »

'Ben Hur'! Chariots!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2012, 06:10:54 PM »

I like The Gospel of John the best, especially because it stays completely true to the Gospel, but I wasn't crazy about the lead actor as Jesus. Nonetheless, I think it is well worth watching. I actually walked out of The Passion the first time I saw it because I felt that the violence was just far too gratuitous and I couldn't take it. That said, I've since watched it again, and as someone above mentioned, it is superb from a cinematic point of view and the actor did perhaps the best Jesus I've yet seen. I just don't really want to sit and watch anyone - Jesus or not - being beat and tortured for an hour or more.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2012, 06:29:25 PM »

Go with 'Jesus of Nazareth.' My mother adores Robert Powell.

 laugh It is claimed that playing the part ruined his career! (Other actors have made the same claim, I think)

Anyway, I thought it a very good series at the time, but I tried to watch it recently and found it rather dated.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2012, 06:32:33 PM »

'Ben Hur'! Chariots!  Smiley

And historically inaccurate "galley slaves" for the Roman Navy!! The Roman navy used free rowers and if they used slaves in times of crisis, they were given their freedom.  Still, it was a great story for all that.

Sorry! Annoying nitpicking tangent ended! Grin
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2012, 09:19:56 PM »

Go with 'Jesus of Nazareth.' My mother adores Robert Powell.

 laugh It is claimed that playing the part ruined his career! (Other actors have made the same claim, I think)

Anyway, I thought it a very good series at the time, but I tried to watch it recently and found it rather dated.


Well, he works for the BBC now. Not so 'ruined.'. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2012, 09:50:18 PM »

^And he's got a new show on CBS, Person of Interest. I haven't watched it so I don't know how good it is.

I guess the only actors who portray Jesus whose Holywood careers are safe from any backlash are those who portray Jesus as gay or non celibate or some sort of left wing radical.
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^And he's got a new show on CBS, Person of Interest. I haven't watched it so I don't know how good it is.

I guess the only actors who portray Jesus whose Holywood careers are safe from any backlash are those who portray Jesus as gay or non celibate or some sort of left wing radical.

I think you are confusing who it is we speak of, scamandruis. We were speaking of Robert Powell, not the other dude from The Passion of Christ.
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2012, 11:10:55 PM »

Go with 'Jesus of Nazareth.' My mother adores Robert Powell.

 laugh It is claimed that playing the part ruined his career! (Other actors have made the same claim, I think)

Anyway, I thought it a very good series at the time, but I tried to watch it recently and found it rather dated.


Well, he works for the BBC now. Not so 'ruined.'. Smiley

Yeah, but many dry years in between while people forgot that he ever played Christ.  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2012, 05:34:50 PM »

Go with 'Jesus of Nazareth.' My mother adores Robert Powell.

 laugh It is claimed that playing the part ruined his career! (Other actors have made the same claim, I think)

Anyway, I thought it a very good series at the time, but I tried to watch it recently and found it rather dated.

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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2012, 10:10:38 PM »

Jesus of Nazareth is probably the best one.

As far as other movies that deal with His crucifixion, death, Resurrection and/ or the actions of his apostles after those events, I'd suggest:  Passion of the Christ, The Robe, Demetrios and the Gladiators, Barrabbas to name a few.

Barabbas is amazing.
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2012, 01:21:16 AM »

Has anyone seen the silent 1927 King of Kings directed by Demille. I really like that one.
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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2012, 10:31:39 AM »

I've only seen a few of them and none recently.  I have been working my way through the Gospels over the last month or so and when I can keep them straight I might watch a movie. 

The two I will not watch are Superstar and the Last Temptation.  I have a very low tolerance for mockery.  That said I did watch on Youtube the part in Temptation with David Bowie as Pontius Pilate.  I thought that was wonderful, but Willem Defoe will always be Agent Paul Smecker or Sergeant Elias to me.  I just can't see him as Jesus.  But David Bowie as Pilate is just too awesome.  "They call it the place of the skull.  Perhaps you people should go up there sometime and count them.  Maybe you'd learn something.  Probably not."

But then I went and read the Wikipedia synopsis of the film as a whole and decided that The Last Temptation is not going on my Netflix que.
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« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2012, 10:33:34 AM »

Has anyone seen the silent 1927 King of Kings directed by Demille. I really like that one.

No, maybe I'll see if Netflix has it.  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2012, 10:36:06 AM »

I'd like to know if anyone here has seen Pasolini's The Gospel According to Saint Matthew and what you thought of it.
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« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2012, 08:18:35 PM »

^And he's got a new show on CBS, Person of Interest. I haven't watched it so I don't know how good it is.


The show is quite good and the cast, headed by Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, is very good.
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« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2012, 08:43:22 PM »

I'd like to know if anyone here has seen Pasolini's The Gospel According to Saint Matthew and what you thought of it.
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