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 till date, on the life of Jesus.
This 1977 movie features some of the greatest actors in English cinema including Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Anthony Quinn, Olivia Hussey, Christopher Plummer, Anne Bancroft, Peter Ustinov, Donald Pleasance, Ernest Borgnine, Claudia Cardinale, Rod Steiger and Robert Powell (as Jesus).
Filmed in Morocco and Tunisia, you get to visualize the culture as close as possible to that recorded in the scriptures. The story begins with the birth of Jesus, and takes you through his life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection. The films cinematography is realistic, and the composition of music by Maurice Jarre (award winner for the scores in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India) adds emotion and realism to every scene.
Even though there might be some narrative deviations from the gospels, Jesus of Nazareth is certainly the most accurate depiction of the life of Jesus, and as a family, we've watched this movie about twenty five times.
If you are follower of Jesus (even if you aren't) you will be touched by his character and compassion, and this movie will surely move you!