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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

1 rating: 3.0
Art House & International, Christian Movies & TV, and Drama movie

Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours plus) version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth.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. … see full wiki

Genre: Foreign, Drama, Faith & Spirituality
1 review about Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Groundbreaking Achievement

  • Mar 16, 2007
Rating:
+3
Franco Zefferelli's 'Jesus of Nazareth' has many boasting rights. Authenticity and loftiness are presented at the right moments; the acting is good throughout; and the stirring crowd scenes genuinely bring the New Testament to life. (Especially considering it was a television mini-series, the craftsmanship was impeccable.)

Robert Powell has a hypnotic presence as Jesus, but some of the supporting cast are even better. James Farentino plays rough like few Peters in cinematic memory, and Michael York presents passion without overdoing it as John the Baptist. Anne Bancroft, however, shines brightest as Mary Magdalene with a particularly well-rounded before and after performance.

Being a leap forward with scenes that unfold quickly without lingering too long (mostly) and important scenes that cling long enough, 'Jesus of Nazareth' is a landmark movie. (Although in places, it should be conceded, their interpretations explain too much--even when some of the historical context is often excellent.) Particularly because they never shoot a scene that seems like it's in a studio, Zefferelli's 'Jesus...' is a true achievement. (Also starring Laurence Olivier, James Earl Jones, Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Quinn, and many others.)

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