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The film begins with the events prior to the Anunciation and Nativity, through the life of Christ, leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection, from Joseph's betrothal to Mary (played by Olivia Hussey, best known for her role as Juliet in the aforementioned film.) to the Empty Tomb on Easter Sunday. First-rate production allows us to observe with great detail the customs and daily life in first-century Judaea. The backdrop of Roman oppression and Jewish discontent is masterfully shown and successfully correlated to Jesus' ministry, in particular the political maneuvering of the cunning Herod (wondrously played by Peter Ustinov) and its effects on messianic expectation. Many persons mentioned only in passing or alluded to in the gospels such as Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate are portrayed with great credibility, allowing us to understand the historical figures' motives and intentions more fully.Read more ›
"Jesus of Nazareth" is, hands down, the finest dramatic retelling of the life of Jesus to date. As George Stevens did with his 1965 fiasco, "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Zeffirelli recruited an all-star cast, but whereas Stevens could only have hired John Wayne to play a Roman Centurion because the Duke's name would look nice on the posters, Zeffirelli chose his stars because they were gifted actors perfect for their roles.
One doesn't ooh and aah at the sight of Rod Steiger, Anthony Quinn, or Laurence Olivier, but rather marvel at how well they believably bring Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and Nicodemus to respective life. As good as they are, the most impressive performance may come from a less illustrious "name," James Farentino, who makes for a very commanding Peter.Read more ›
"Jesus of Nazareth" sports a cast of Academy Award-winners (Lawrence Olivier, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, and Peter Ustinov, to name a few) and nominees (James Earl Jones, James Mason, Christopher Plummer) as well as a support from an international group of performers. Olivia Hussey brings just the amount of warmth and humanity in the role of Mary; Rod Steiger deftly portrays Pontius Pilate as a man torn between duty to his country and awe of this man called Jesus; Michael York is stunning as John the Baptist.
Robert Powell brings to the movie the definitive portrait of Jesus. His passionate performance is the stuff of legend. Prior to this motion picture, there had been few instances wherein Christ had been seen; it is as if the screen was awaiting the right man for the part. Powell proves that to be true; he is perfect!
If I have motivated even one soul to purchase this masterwork, then I have accomplished the goal of this review. Money could not be better spent.
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Watched, long ago, just a tiny bit and turned it off. Did not like it.Published 6 days ago by barbara wallace
I think this is one of the best Jesus films from an entertainment perspective. I think Robert Powell is excellent in the role of Jesus. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Georgia Broadfoot Corso
stunning telling of Jesus's birth,life,death and ascensionPublished 22 days ago by shawna henderson1
I am SO grateful this movie was made! Robert Powell's compelling & masterful performance immediately commands your sympathy & respect for the life & Holy Character of Jesus. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Hopin' Sesame
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No subbies in any language, just closed captions in English
Apr 5, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 5 posts
Feeling sorr for those who believe in the teaching of the greatest Man who walked on Earth.
2000 years and His teaching is still unsurpassed. The fool says there is no God.
Mar 1, 2014 by Philip Camilleri | See all 12 posts
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