C'mon, folks! - Let's get real - (Whether you are a devoted Christian, or a confirmed atheist, or whatever) - We all know this one's story far too well to be at all surprised with anything that we are going to be shown here. It's true.
Now 52 years old (and creaking pretty badly) - This carefully staged biblical-drama (with its $20 million budget) not only took itself way too seriously (like, isn't there any room in Christianity for any humour?) - But, its final product (and its unendurable 3.5-hour running time) certainly left a whole lot to be desired, from my perspective.
Anyway - When it finally comes down to overall entertainment-value - If I were given my choice of religious-themed movies - I'd certainly take Monty Python's parody "The Life Of Brian" over this laughably pretentious, self-righteous schlock any day.
Let's face it. It's an invitation to snooze. But, Charlton Heston offered what I thought was an insight worth appreciating: he called it a meditation, which for most acquisitive Americans invites slumber. Von Sydow is the most compelling Christ on film save Claude Heater in Ben-Hur, whose face you never see, which may give correct assumption that this is a role any actor runs from or egotistically latches on to. Von Sydow does neither and is rightly alien as a Christ reluctant to cure all of their ills. Watch the scene when Christ returns to Caperneum just after a heavily Brooklyn accented Shelley Winters squawks "Uhm cured, uhm cured", and he makes his way to a jetty on Lake Galilee and escapes the crowd; his back turned, his head lowered. Pretty heavy stuff.
Also Heston and Jose Ferrer could have sustained a whole movie about John the B and Herod Antipas. And that slap that Michael Ansara gives Heston. I wish I coulda done that.
This is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens.
It is the story of Jesus Christ from the Nativity through the Resurrection.
Oh yes! It is certainly one of the greatest stories ever told.
However, I just cannot believe all those miracles.
In any case, I say "Hallelujah!"
It's a good movie.
No question about that!
Perhaps the best ever bible based movie of all time - there were scenes and portrayals that surprised me.
Part of the enjoyment was waiting to see when a known actor would appear on screen and whether I would recognize them or not, even as I took in the account of biblical times when Jesus came into the world.
There were special features too but I didn't watch all of them.
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