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THE LOST YEARS, as the on-screen title reads, is a 1977 documentary of the old school jam-packed with information, fascinating location filming and professionals doing the narration. In fact, it was the arresting narration that first engaged me when I saw this film on televison years ago. I knew those voices. Rod Colbin, an underrated character actor with a wonderful voice and delivery, had around this same time appeared in a well-done biopic of the early Reformer John Hus. William Marshall, another underrated actor best remembered as Blacula or as Dr. Daystrom in "The Ultimate Computer" episode of Star Trek, is on hand to lend his vocal talents to the readings from the Legend of St. Issa.
This film sets out to explore the 18 unrecorded years of Christ's life, from age 12 to 30. The film starts on a note of legitimacy, speaking with Professor John C. Trever of the Claremont School of Theology, who mentions that some people place Jesus' missing years in India, and while we see Trever's mouth still moving, Colbin's voiceover announces, "Our search for the missing years of Jesus Christ takes us to India!Read more ›
directed by Richard Bock
approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Near the end of the ninteenth century, a man named Nicolas Notovitch published a book which was said to have been translated from ancient texts from the Hemis Buddhist monastery. The book is titled 'The Unknown Life of Jesus' and gives an account of years of Jesus' life that are not detailed in the New Testament. According to this story, Jesus left home as a teenager and travelled to India where he was known as "Issa". He sampled the country's spiritual salad bar, studying with Jainists, Hindus and Buddhists before leaving for Persia. Notovitch's writings have been republished many times and circulated widely within different branches of the New Age movement. When I was younger, the prime mover of this theory was Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Church of the Universal and Triumphant.
This video starts off as a documentary version of Notovitch's book, going from country to country and showing various Swamis stating why they are convinced of the theory. One statement which is made over and over again is that Jesus was able to perform miracles because he had mastered yoga techniques. Also one of the narrators sounds like James Earl Jones and is very good. We go from area to area, hearing traditional music and seeing local religious ceremonies. Visually the movie is very nice, but after a point, Jesus' "lost years" seem to take a backseat to the various interpretations of his actions. That is to say that his life in the Bible is viewed through the lense of his supposed life in India. I would say that this movie is more about the history of people who have believed the Jesus-in-India story than it is an in depth study of that story.Read more ›
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to me it was not worth watching, close minded directors.!! this is more like a doubting thomas film.??Published 4 months ago by omar espinosa
I feel it's all important, to open our minds and understanding about such an amazing example Jeshua/St. Issa was to the world. I feel it's incomparable to other films. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Akal Wieting
Baught this for a friend at his request. He felt this video has historical sygnificance. I did not view this or read any reviews on the Lost Years.Published on January 16, 2013 by Jennifer R Hyder
This is exactly what I wanted. Why Bible does not let the World know that Jesus travelled to India, learnt yoga in the monestry in Tibet and came back to Jeruselem to teach. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Dr. Ram Singh