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Jesus of Nazareth (Full Screen) [2 Discs] [Import]

Robert Powell , Olivia Hussey    Unrated   DVD
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Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours plus) version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth. The film doesn't skimp on some of the other landmark events of this famous story either. Director Franco Zeffirelli gives more than 12 minutes screen time each to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Passages of the Bible are quoted verbatim, the locations have a Palestine-like authenticity, and, aside from some of the principals (Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas), many of the non-Roman characters are actually played by Semitic-looking actors. Zeffirelli diligently provides the sociopolitical background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans). While not graphic by today's standards, some of the scenes--baby boys being ripped from their mothers' arms and slaughtered, nails being driven into Jesus' hands--may disturb young and/or sensitive children. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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Actors: Anne Bancroft - Claudia Cardinale - Ernest Borgnine - Robert Powell - Valentina Cortese. Director: Franco Zeffirelli. Format: DVD. Format Size: Fullscreen. Runtime: 382 Minutes. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 2. Rating: G. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 1977.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic interpretation July 7 2004
By A Customer
Each movie of the life of Jesus is subject to the creator's interpretation and perspective, however, I found this movie to be the best depiction of the humanity of the individuals involved in experiencing Jesus' mission. It is respectable and not corny. The only thing my father (a priest) found odd was the way the Virgin Mary was wailing at the foot of Christ's cross. He felt she would have displayed quiet resignation.
It's beautiful and the score is fantastic. I've watched this movie a million times and watch it when I need some spiritual renewal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Convincing Portrayal of Jesus, etc. April 18 2004
By DjC
It isn't just that Robert Powell looks like the Jesus portrayed in so many Renaissance paintings, it's that he seems to immerse himself in his role to the point that you believe that this was Jesus in all his compassion and missionary resolve.
Not only Jesus, but the Disciples as well are given life in this miniseries. Peter is presented initially as skeptical, pessimistic, and hard-hearted, slow to accept Jesus' welcoming of the tax collector, Matthew. Judas, too, is made to seem like a real person, concerned about revealing Jesus' true nature to the religious leaders rather than being soley motivated by self-interest or money--he believes he is doing something ultimately good and not anticipating how his well-meant actions will result in Jesus' trial and crucifixion.
We also see something of the political goings-on, the motiviations behind why the Jewish religious leaders acted the way they did--from the initial hope for the Messiah, to the disillusionment of certain of Jesus' followers (Judas, for example, after learning of Jesus' true mission) and the plot by the religious leaders to put him to death and spare Israel from the violence of the Romans.
Its the acting, the characterization, and political details that make this film/miniseries perhaps the best film/miniseries on Jesus life ever made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yes! The definitive best. As close to the King James Holy Bible and accurate as can be. This version adds a few more things from the King James Holy Bible that other films do not (exception: "Jesus" (1979), "In Search of Historic Jesus" (1979). This continues the true story beyond the Crucifixion and when Mary (His mother), Salome and Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to annoint the deceased Jesus. They discovered the stone had been rolled away and the tomb empty and the mysterious man in the white robe. No other movie adds the following: Jesus was "alive" and did appear to his disciples again. According to the bible, Jesus appeared nearly unrecognizable. He showed them his hands and his feet. Then they could see it was him. He spoke to them and even ate a fish. He appeared for 40 more days and then ascended into the clouds (from Earth to Heaven). It is promised that Jesus will return. I, too, enjoy the magnificent, gentle, kind and honest performance of Roberet Powell as "Jesus". Almost hynotizing. Robert Powell was the perfect age to play "Jesus" at age 32. Olivia Hussey, James Farentino, Michael York, Ann Bancroft, Ian McShane, Donald Pleasence, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Ernest Borgnine, Fernando Rey and Peter Ustinov are unforgetable in their roles. Immad Cohen played "Young Jesus". Allow your children to see the mini-series. Perhaps one hour at a time. Let them see the Crucifixion and when your child asks "why?", you will know what to say. Jesus died on the cross so that we could live. He saved our lives. And we are all saved.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story July 23 2004
The story of a man who died at just 33 years of age sticking up for truth, love and non-violence, while speaking out against greed, envy and hate.
Most people in the world have heard of him (whatever their religious background) and the story has stood the test of time.
This is a film not just for the Christian religion (which unfortunately has been stained with blood over the last 2000 years) but a film for all who believe in a force not of this world, enlightenment and love for your fellow man.
A great film, a great story and truly a great man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first class, but a few minor grumblings... May 3 2004
A big deal when it came out in 1977 for TV audiences (I was only about 9, but I remember it clearly), this "mini-series" has stood the test of time and still remains the clearest vision of the Jesus story. The film is very cinematic looking, which you might not expect for a "made for TV" production, and the actors are mostly superb in their roles. Powell may not be the most historically "correct" Jesus (visually, that is), but his Jesus is still the most compelling and emotionally moving of any Jesus in any movie, period.
Some people (like me) might find the pre-birth sections (focusing on Mary and Joseph) a bit tedious and drawn out, especially on the DVD version, which is extended in these parts. I kept on thinking: Yes yes...get to Jesus, already! But regardless, if you have the patience, these early sections in the film evoke immense atmosphere and a realistic sense of that period of time. So by the time you DO get to Jesus, you feel you have really been immersed in Biblical-era times.
I must give a big thumbs down to Rod Steiger, who portrays Pontius Pilate in a goofy over-acting way. The worst portrayal of a Pilate in any movie I've seen (even worse that David Bowie's Pilate in "The Last Temptation of Christ"). Any reader of the New Testament knows Pilate's words to Christ: "What is truth?" Steiger clearly realizes how famous these words are and thinks it deserves a strenuous prominence in the way he talks. His eyes get all bulgy, waves his fingers in the air for silly effect, and stresses out each word like an amateur actor: "What..isss...tr-uuu-th?" Um, oookay...
Another thing: There's a big downplay in many of the Jesus miracles in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I had this on VHS and consider it the best story of the life of Christ - now I have it on DVD
Published 3 months ago by Catherine Heaslip-Savoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus of Nazareth
Regarded as the most authentic, realistic portrayal of Jesus Christ. Done with biblical accuracy. It's worth the investment. You'll never grow tired of watching it.
Published 4 months ago by Grand
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD compelling viewing.
Good DVD would recommend to anyone. Arrived well within the time limit given. Illustrated the title well and will watch again.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Made Production in Every Way
Watched this at the age of seven in 1977 on NBC and when I think of Jesus I picture Him as He is betrayed in this television mini-series by Robert Powell. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Potvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus of Nazareth
This is a superb movie and most probably the best Life of Jesus Christ ever made. I recommend this fabulous movie to every one.
Published 6 months ago by Armando Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have on DVD
This is a great movie to have on DVD. One of the classics in this genre, I was glad to be able to get it as a gift for a sibling who had complained that it no longer showed on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Birdie
5.0 out of 5 stars An All Star Biblical Epic.
This film about the life of Jesus, has more Stars than one can imagine. While it is a story that we all know, it is presented in a manner that will hold your attention throughout. Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. Bowes
3.0 out of 5 stars Jesus of Nazareth (Full Screen) [2 Discs]
Excellent dvd quality and price, but there was no french or spanish choice as it is usually offered on other dvds.
Published 19 months ago by Gilles Thibault
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus of Nazareth is one of finest movies I have watched till date, on...
Just watched another movie released today about Jesus, and I had to write this.

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Jesus of Nazareth is one of finest movies I have watched... Read more
Published on April 21 2006 by John Koshy
1.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Christ Never Existed.
'Jesus of Nazareth' is a famous film some people have seen or at least heard about. Most people fail to realize all of that doesn't matter because Jesus Christ never existed!! Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
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