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Wow, were they for real?
I'd never imagined a film as... as WACKO as this one could possibly exist on the face of the earth. For one thing, they got a lot of the Bible facts wrong, such as Jacob travelling w/ his sons to Egypt to rescue Simeon, and the baker (the guy in the prison who was executed) as Asenath's FATHER (erm, the Word clearly states that her father was the high priest of On, dearie, NOT the baker!).
Additionally, as Alfred D Byrd's review so eloquently stated, the characters and story were just WEIRD. The way they acted, the way the plot was executed - it was just weirdness to the max. Eh, a lot of examples of the craziness that was this movie was already mentioned, so let me see if I can add a few more... oh! Before the brothers sell Joseph into slavery, they get into this huge fight (the whole lot vs Joseph and Reuben) with the most abnormal-looking movements. Goodness, I don't even know how to mentally "choreograph" it...
And the costuming was so weird. The nemes headdresses actually reminded me of elephant ears. Real Egyptian nemeses were not that... elephant-like.
The only nice thing about this movie is the scene in which Joseph and Asenath get together, and Joseph says something really beautiful and poetic (gasp!Read more ›
Let me put the film into its proper perspective: Joseph and His Brethren is a low-budget Italian sword-and-sandals epic from a time of innocence when we were young, and as such has all the excesses of such films, including the obligatory scene with dancing girls. Seen as such, the movie is fun in a campy way, especially if one is in the mood for some Mystery Science Theater 3000 dialog with the screen. As an enactment of one of the most beloved accounts of the Bible, though -- well, judge for yourself.
The movie starts out well enough with some strong chemistry between Joseph (Geoffrey Horne) and his little brother, Benjamin, and a cleverly done scene in which Joseph sorts out a dispute over the ownership of sheep by enacting a Martin Gardner mind-teaser on screen. The scenes in which Joseph excites his older brothers' jealousy are serviceable, if not great.
Things start to take a turn for the strange, though, when the brothers sell Joseph to Ishmaelite traders named Muhammad and Ali, forsooth! In Egypt, though, Joseph rises at once in the world as in the slave market he saves the life of his future master, Potiphar, with arcane knowledge of the medical practice of bloodletting. In Potiphar's house Joseph becomes even more valued for his ability to make the best wine in Egpyt and his innovative practice of making his masters feel better by flogging them with branches. I guess that I've missed these abilities every time I've read Genesis through, but, oh, well.Read more ›
This DVD "Joseph and his Brethren" is not faithful to scripture. The worst example is that it portrays Joseph as an angry, rebellious young man, not the upright, industrious man in scripture.
There are other instances which run even more in direct contradiction to scripture. I bought this DVD several months ago, and watched it only once. I forget exactly what these were, but if you watch the video, and you know Genesis, you will see the contradictions. I don't plan to watch this again, so I will not bother to find what the problems were exactly. But take my word for it, you will be disappointed if you buy this.
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The movie is great, everything is good hope to buy from again. ThanksPublished 9 months ago by myrtle west
this movie is ok but not great. it makes you feel sorry for porthiar's wife. and she was the devil. so this movie is a so-so. nothing to write home about. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Gator Girl
The movie was a bit dated but the message was very strong. I would purchase it again if needed.Published on February 8, 2009 by Barbara A. Powels
The acting is mediocre given today's standards but still engaging. I sat with the Bible in my hands as I watched the movie and found the film depicted an impressively accurate... Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by Open Minded