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Religious or Biblical movies

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Snarky's Ghost, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Snarky's Ghost

    Snarky's Ghost Soap Chat Oracle EXP: 19 Years

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    Do we have a thread on this? Do we want one?

    If not, I'll start...

    In acknowledgement of Easter today, I watched THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965) and wonder why it doesn't work as well as it should. It contains some of the most beautifully shot scenes in movie history by one of the finest directors, George Stevens, ever. And a haunting celestial score.

    And yet the end result is … strangely aloof.

    Some people believe Max von Sydow is miscast, but I don't agree. Oh, sure, he's not a Jeffrey Hunter/Jared Leto sexy savior, but I think the problem is that his girlish bouffant is miscast --- where is his lengthier, standard issue Jesus coif?

    Others feel the constant star cameos create a distraction.

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  2. Karin Schill

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    Interesting topic. I have not watched the movie you mentioned but you made me curious about it so I went to watch a trailer:



    George Stevens was a great director and it has mostly an all star cast too. I might give it a watch next Easter...

    The Jesus movie I have seen however is this one:

     
  3. Rove

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    What a coincidence. This movie is currently screening right now. It's a staple for one of the networks here in Australia to screen it during the Easter break. I've seen multiple religious movies growing up but none of them really have made a lasting impression except The Passion of the Christ as directed by Mel Gibson.
     
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    Jesus of Nazareth with Robert Powell is my favourite

    He is what I imagined Jesus to look like and he didnt disappoint in the role

    It had a great supporting cast of A listers and this scene still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, its so powerful at 3 plus mins into it and the dramatic music sets it off



    same goes for Ian Holm in Now it all begins

     
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    Same for me.






    I also found THE PASSION OF CHRIST really hard to watch and very effective.
     
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    When I was growing up, Jesus of Nazareth was on throughout the Holy week, to the point that I thought it was sanctioned by the church. BTW, in state-controlled radio and TV until 1986 in Greece (before the monopoly collapsed), the stations did not show anything but somber and depressing movies, concerts, etc. The same was true for the radio. For some reason for the media-controlling state intelligentsia, ANY classical music was automatically funereal and Passover--appropriate and thus dominated the airwaves. I am guessing none of them ever heard of "Ode to Joy."

    There have been other mini-series and movies I have seen on TV at the time, but unfortunately I have forgotten them, so I'd be interested in this thread. I remember one where they portrayed Judas as someone who believed in the Jewish liberation movement and saw Jesus as betraying that, but right now I can't remember its name.
     
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    @Ome

    I could never get over the fact that Jesus of Nazareth aka Robert Powell married beautiful Babs Lord (my dads fav!) from Pans people during filming (i think) !!
     
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    I'm another fan of Jesus of Nazareth. The cast they pulled together for that production was astonishing; it was like a who's who of the cream of British and Hollywood actors of that time.

    Another of my favourite religious films is Jesus of Montreal because it's such a interesting and different take on the story of Jesus. It's set in the present day and is about a group of actors who perform a Passion play and many of the events surrounding them putting on the play and people's reaction to it mirror events that occur in the Gospels. It is creative, intelligent and thought-provoking film.

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    I love the musical Jesus Christ Superstar - the music and how the story is told. I've seen it on stage and the part where the Cross is raised took my breath away.

    I found The Passion of The Christ too difficult to watch. I'm not overly religious but the crucifixion scene was too much.
     
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    I have always loved this, still have the LP with the original cast from London

    We did it at school for a concert and it stuck with me

     
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    And you just know Mel Gibson thinks it's really him up there.
     
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