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Jesus of Nazareth (Full Screen) [2 Discs] [Import]
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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.
Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours plus) version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth.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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a release of the first broadcast, which means many scenes are deleted. Contrary to what SHOUT Factory claims, this is not the complete version of "Jesus of... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Alain
A Classic. This is the image of the events of the First Century B.C. and First Century A.D. for so many of the past two generations. Well written and well acted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Paul Bradford
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Robert Powell is the best ever Christ. This film touches all the right emotions. Originally seen as a serial in England this is a must see Dvd for anyone anywhere.Published 9 months ago by Roy mackay
This movie will always be one of my most treasured possessions. The others depicting the life of CHRIST are good but not as JESUS OF NAZARETH. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David R.Prashad
I love this movie. I watched this as a child, and it brings back so many memories and of course more meaning now that I am an adult. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful portrayal of the life of Christ. This is a real classic set in the Holy Land. The story comes to life!Published 13 months ago by Beverly Thompson
I had this on VHS and consider it the best story of the life of Christ - now I have it on DVDPublished 20 months ago by Catherine Heaslip-Savoy
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 20 months ago by Grand
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