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The Face - Jesus in Art [VHS]

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  • Actors: Craig MacGowan, Mel Gibson, Edward Herrmann, Bill Moyers
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: USCCB Publishing
  • VHS Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BCL3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

This visually stunning documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey of the many depictions of Christ over the centuries and around the world.

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Jesus Christ is arguably one of the most pivotal individuals in all of history. Certainly no single figure has had a greater influence on global art and culture during the last 2000 years. For centuries, the most important artists were painting and sculpting images of Jesus, and their work has had an immeasurable influence on the world's aesthetic today. The Face: Jesus in Art, traces the dramatically different ways in which Jesus has been represented in art by people throughout history and around the world. An unprecedented travelogue of art and monuments from the early 3rd century to the present, The Face: Jesus in Art takes viewers from ancient Rome to 20th-century America, from Europe to the Middle East, to illuminate the most beautiful and spectacular representations of Jesus and his stories. The program features up close views of the catacombs of Rome, Michelangelo's work, the treasures of Chartres Cathedral and much more.

Filmed on wide screen 35-millimeter film, the program utilizes the latest digital technology and motion control technology to illuminate the stunning and incredibly varied representations of Jesus. The beauty of these treasures is captured in unprecedented detail, proximity and quality. A sweeping and visually riveting lesson in art history, The Face: Jesus in Art is a documentary of extraordinary depth and beauty that touches all who experience it.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karl Henning on December 26, 2002
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This is a fabulously beautiful documentary of iconography of Christ through the centuries, and the narration and background music are overall (i.e., in spite of occasional oddities) perfect complements. I sort of wonder why Mel Gibson and Ricardo Montalban were asked to serve as narrators here, but Gibson gets extra points for pronouncing Hagia Sophia so creditably :-) The bit where the computer graphics move from face to face is marvelous. The music for the interior of the cathedral at Chartres is, surprisingly, rather brutal; and (I think I remember this running during a shot of San Giovanni in Laterano) the synthesized "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" from the Brahms German Requiem is an odd choice, though it doesn't sound godawful. For me, a composer with an artist wife, the low point was some of the (by turns) hideous and sickly-sweet modern stuff, because it is certainly possible to do new work which is beautiful, and to do beautiful work which is not saccharine - and iconography of Christ ought to be beautiful, and ought not to be sugary. But these moments occupy relatively little space. Occasional weird things in the narration - how, exactly, are Christ's features in Michelangelo's "Final Judgement" in the Sistine Chapel those "of Apollo"? - there is glancing reference to the Sistine Chapel being the "most private chapel in the world," yet considering the flood of tourists which passes through it every day, it is actually, more likely, the most PUBLIC chapel in the world. For the most part, though, the narration is simply informative, and balanced.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2004
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From the earliest images of Jesus to modern time, this documentary covers an enormous variety of styles, from many countries. One glaring omission, is that it does not include any Russian icons, but that aside, this is worthwhile viewing for anyone interested in the history of Christian art. Many of the world's masterpieces have Jesus as the central image, and this film starts with some of the best, by Giotto, and his fabulous frescoes in a 14th century chapel in Padua.
Among the myriad of images, some of my favorites are an exquisite statue, probably the earliest known (about the year 290) of a young Jesus as "The Good Shepherd" from the Vatican, the work in the St. Catherine Monastery at Sinai, many replicas of The Mandillion, the original which is said to have been lost in a fire, and "The Light of the World" by William Holman Hunt, a 19th century English artist.
There are the great masters like Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rembrandt, and Grunewald, as well as 14th century Ethiopian images, Latin American art, some from Asia, and one from India in the Islamic tradition that is a curiosity piece.
It also examines illustration in the most widely distributed image of Jesus, Werner Sallman's "Head of Christ", as well as more contemporary examples by African American folk artist William H. Johnson, Marc Chagall, and Andy Warhol.
It ends with the extraordinary stained glass windows at the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Written by Dr. James Clifton and directed by Craig MacGowan, one of the visual techniques this film uses to great effect is the morphing of many images. It has several narrators, among them Mel Gibson, Edward Herrmann, Ricardo Montalban and Patricia Neal, and has a wide array of musical selections as a soundtrack.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By fCh on April 23, 2003
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this is a clever work which looks at the evolution (and not much at the history!) of the representation of jesus's face, over a period of time overlapping christendom. not sure how comprehensive it is but it seems so. at the limit, it could be viewed as a good timeline of (christian) iconography.
full rich with spectacular visuals brought about by the use of morphic transformations. when the show is over, the viewer is left definitely thinking.
it appeals well to those interested in the history of religions (especially christian), art historians, and everybody in between.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Muller on July 17, 2001
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This is simply one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It is visually stunning, and well-researched. This should be required viewing for any introductory art history class, as well as for any person who intends to travel and wants to understand some of the art they will be seeing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
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It describes and shows how the longing to have Jesus'image on print has inspired the most beautiful art! I especially loved the computer work where they take all the faces of Jesus and have it changed every half second so you see before your eyes quickly the faces of Jesus through the centuries. Some of the art even moved me to tears and some pieces of art I have never seen before. Truly a great effort!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Martinchek on January 19, 2008
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Very informative and incredibly well done. A thorough history of how the face of Jesus has been depicted throughout the ages. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone with an interest in Art History or Christianity.

Jerry M.
Michigan
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