Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

DVD - 2000
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Maintaining the perfect balance between religious fervor and realism, this film depicts the life of Christ from His birth through His resurrection. It is acclaimed exceptional for its thorough Biblical and historical research written in consultation with leading Anglican, Catholic and Jewish religious authorities.

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Janice21383
Sep 02, 2018

I used to watch Jesus of Nazareth every year around Easter, and was always moved by it. Seeing it now, while it's still worth you time, it doesn't hold up as the artistic event it was once thought to be. JoN far too star-studded -- hey, James Mason! hi, Lawrence Olivier! -- and every star has his moment to shine, which slows down the story. The pace picks up when Jesus becomes an adult -- honestly you can skip to this section without missing much. Robert Powell is the best Jesus I have seen, and a plausible religious leader: intelligent, charismatic, spiritual but also practical, until some would say his vision and ambitions lead him astray, and others would say he fulfilled his destiny. The script's emphasis is on Jesus' message and interaction with his followers, rather than on suffering and death.

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patch666
Jun 24, 2017

Excellent and beautifully filmed~ sometimes quiet and contemplative. Olivia Hussey is especially beautiful as Mary ~ 420

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shan59
May 31, 2016

This has got to be one of the best filmed movies of the gospel. The number of big name Hollywood stars who acted in this movie (most did it for free) is a testimony on the performance of the movie.

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Jul 05, 2013

the days where every single act was shrouded in ritual and reverance to God. those israelis were weird.

StephenCMorrison Mar 15, 2012

This film is over 6 hours long. Don't plan to watch it all at one time.
Every scene is choreographed to end up being posed like an old Italian Tableau. Long stares without dialog or movement.
The story closely follows the Biblical account but has a noticably Roman Catholic slant (ie. Mary has no other children).
This movie takes the beautiful, exciting, biblical, gospel story and transforms it into a ponderous, boring, exercise in tedium.

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Sandee
Aug 30, 2010

The movie (released in 1977) was filmed mostly in Morocco and Tunisia. The colour is good (and nicely suited to today's wide flat screen TVs), there are lots of long distant shots, and the places look like the places they are suppose to be.

The directing and acting are very accomplished. The director is Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell plays the role of Jesus (with kind and quiet determination) and Olivia Hussey plays the role of Mary (she also played the role of Juliet in Zeffirelli's version of Romeo and Juliet), and the rest of the roles feature a "star-studded international cast" (and all seem to be well cast and comfortable in their roles).

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