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Mary of Nazareth [VHS] (1996)

Myriam Muller , Didier Bienaimé , Jean Delannoy  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Myriam Muller, Didier Bienaimé, Eric Jakobiak, Jean-Pierre Germain, Francis Lalanne
  • Directors: Jean Delannoy
  • Writers: Jean Delannoy, Jacques Douyau
  • Producers: Jacques Quintard, Jean-Claude Vieu, Sarim Fassi
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Questar
  • VHS Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304185928
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


While the importance of Mary of Nazareth in the Gospels cannot be overstated, rarely is her life on its own looked at. This docudrama, filmed on location in the Middle East with 110 actors and 8,500 extras, does just that, dramatizing her story from her betrothal to Joseph to her witnessing of the crucifixion of her only son. Part 1 shows Mary in her hometown of Nazareth, examining what life was like for her and Joseph. It shows her encounter with the angel who announces that she will give birth to the son of the Holy Spirit, who will be called Jesus, the Son of God. Part 2 depicts Mary having to watch her son betrayed and humiliated, unable to help him. Told with sympathy and objectivity, this video is an exhaustive look at Mary as seen in the Gospels. --Samantha Allen Storey

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing July 25, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
I received this movie as a birthday gift, and couldn't wait to watch it. However, it wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be.
My biggest complaint was Mary herself. In the beginning, she is chatty and gossipy with her friends and flirty with Joseph. Later on, she follows her son Jesus through his ministry but spends most of her time just looking at Him. They barely have any conversations at all!
I'd still recommend seeing it, though, as there WERE a few scenes that were very well done. The visitation was beautiful, and the agony in the garden was perfect. And when Jesus is carrying His Cross and Mary is following--well, it makes you want to cry.
This is an okay movie overall, but Jesus of Nazareth is much better!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie October 7, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is sort of backwards. It spends about half the time talking about the events leading up to Nativity, and the other half on what happened after the nativity. I mean, I understand that this is supposed to be about Mary, but, still...
Also, it seems to fail to capture what must have been the real feelings of Mary. If you watch the movie Jesus of Nazareth (with Robert Powell)--now I think that Olivia Hussey does a much better job of portraying Mary.
My other complaints were:
(a) Hollywood always does have to throw in that "woman in labor" business, doesn't it? It's just annoying. Plus, it has been said in the Bible that Mary did not have labor pains during the birth of Jesus.
(b) The cruxifiction moved along so quickly that you could hardly tell it existed--I mean, come on! This is the main point, isn't it, after all?
But, the things I did really like were:
(a) The actress who played Mary looked like she really could have been Mary's age.
(b) It showed how John the Apostle began to take care of Mary after Jesus's death.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didier Bienaime as "Jesus". May 14, 2005
A 1996 French film.
This film is not highly dramatic as a motion picture, but this story of mary is told in a fast pace style. Events go by so quickly you hardly have time to absorb them as a story. Not a great deal was spent on special effects except for a stage light bulb. Whenever the angel Gabriel is represented, this film depicts it as a bright light shining upon Mary, Joseph or the Three Wise Men and with a woman's voice.
You won't get too much historical accuratcy here in this film. So much was not covered. There is no story of why Joseph and mary had to find a manger (the inns were full due to harvest time), the star of Bethlehem is never discussed, the hiding of Joseph and mary with Jesus is not dramatized and neither is the Census (the counting of the people).
Although this film was quoted by Terry Meeuwsen of the "700 Club" as "unique" and "will touch your heart", there are some scenes of blood and violence that should not be viewed by children.
How Jesus met each of his disciples and many of his miracles are not shown in this film.
The Last Supper setting is probably more accurate than any other film.
Myriam Muller portrays "Mary" (The Mother of Jesus), Francis Lalanne portrays "Joseph" (the Father of Jesus), Didier Bienaime portrays "Jesus", Pierre Lacan portrays "Judas" (the betrayer), Myriam Mezieres portrays "Mary de Magdala", Thierry Maillot portrays "John The Baptist" (Jesus' cousin).
French actor, Didier Bienaime who played "Jesus", died from a heart attack at the age of 43 on August 7, 2004.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary of Nazareth: From Nativity to Calvary October 19, 2009
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For a second class movie, this one on Mary is pretty good. There are very few Movies around that tells us a good and true story on what happen to Mary the Mother of Our Lord
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy January 21, 2009
This is a wonderful movie and it gives us a good perspective on what life for Mary might have been like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice January 8, 2014
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I was a little put off very early on when Mary high-fives a passerby. But the film is clearly intended to be respectful and true to the Gospels. The first half has many gorgeous outdoor scenes. The actors are all quite good, though John the Baptist seemed a bit off, until he got angry. The story is necessarily compressed, so you may be disappointed at what is cut. For me, truncating the Lord's Prayer seemed wrong, especially since the presentation of what was quoted was moving.

The latter half of the film may disappoint. The nature of what is being portrayed requires a higher budget than they were working with to present as well as the first part of the film. Some of the interior scenes had odd, unnatural lighting. Still, for the age of the film, the visuals hold up very well. Those involved clearly meant well, and what they produced is a fitting and inspirational depiction of the life of the Mother of Our Lord.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done. June 8, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my mother. She went to see the new one at the cinema and the ladies found it to pretty graphic for the older sensibilities. This version hit just right and the whole family enjoyed it on Mother's Day!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but not accurate. March 7, 2005
Very little is mentioned of Mary in the Gospels, so obviously much about the life of Mary has to come from reflections on the Gospels.

The movie is carefully directed not to stray too far from the Gospel account. There are still some inaccuracies, Mary is shown in the opening scene as a teenager walking down a road greeting people with a 'high five', 'good morning...' and 'Hi...'. These are not Jewish greetings of the first century.

Secondly, Mary is shown by the Lord's side throughout His public ministry. In the Gospels Mary is mentioned only twice during the public ministry of our Lord, at Cana and at Calvary. So obviously much of the scenes are the imagination of the director. Though none of the scenes contradict the teaching of the Gospels (theologically). Some of the scenes are very meaningful and touching and provokes reflection on the important Gospel events in the life of Jesus and Mary (and Joseph), and the relationship between them.

And lastly why does Jesus have to have blonde hair. Palestinian men are not blondes, they have black hair. Jesus was not an Anglo-American.

The movie is good and worth watching. One would profit much by reflecting on the life of Mary as a Mother and a disciple of Jesus from the Gospel account. Indeed, 'all generations will call her blessed.'
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Returned with no problems. thank you!
Published 2 months ago by dkbi
5.0 out of 5 stars Most benefits for time used in watching this DVD.
Out of numberless stories on the topic, this is the best and closest to the Bible story. The viewpoint of the mother of Yeshua in all that happened to her son is a picture of why... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lucille Franse
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows the humanity of Mary
I love this! I think that even non-Catholics should watch this one - my highest recommendations for those seeking a little more of a relationship with Mary. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kimberly.annamarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritually Uplifting.
The pace is just right unlike other religious films that tend to drag. I would recommend it to my family and friends.
Published 8 months ago by lina angeles
3.0 out of 5 stars mary of nazareth DVD
This DVD was good. I don't think it captured all that Mary went through in the life of Jesus. I flet there were some parts missing that i have read.
Published 8 months ago by karenbulford
3.0 out of 5 stars OK!
Not a work of art, but, satisfying for those who are trying to come closer....Somewhat on the periphery. Nevertheless, enjoyable.
Published 9 months ago by Ralph D. Chiocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary of Nazareth
This movie is good but does not have Closed Captioned for hearing impaired. I have a hard time to understand what actors said. Well, Thumb up!
Published on March 11, 2012 by polaroid seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Biblical movie
I saw this movie last night on TBN, and think I would buy it for a biblical movie collection, and I would enjoy seeing it again sometime. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by microjoe
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