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Mary of Nazareth

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This program tells the story of Mary, the one person who was with Jesus from birth to death. This feature-length docu-drama about the mother to the Son of God was filmed in the Middle East with a cast of 110 actors and 8,500 extras. In Nazareth, young Mary is a simple girl loved and cherished by all. One day, in a blinding light, an angel announces to Mary that she will give birth to a son who will be called the Son of God. Following this extraordinary announcement, she does bear a son who grows strong in wisdom and in spirit, and is soon ready to fulfill His destiny. With His baptism in the Jordan river, Jesus now begins His ministry. Many people, even Mary, had the wrong idea about Jesus, believing He would restore their nation to its former glory. In their disappointment, people turned against Him and He was betrayed, humiliated, tortured and crucified. Mary witnessed all of this, unable to reach out and help, even as He met death with tender words of forgiveness for His murderers.

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Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CBXYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mary of Nazareth" on IMDb

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A Kid's Review on July 25, 2003
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on October 7, 2002
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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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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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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This is my favorite movie depicting Jesus’ life. I type this as I wipe away tears with a kleenex. I have been a Christian (Catholic) my whole life. I have watched many movies about Jesus’ life and have been going to Church every Sunday for over 20 years. I was crying with a trueness that I wasn’t expecting at all because every word Jesus said hit me like a ton of bricks. I got hit by the words I heard because real people are saying them in situations I can see myself in! I saw all the familiar truth I’ve been taught, but from a new angle: the viewpoint of Mary. And this is hands down the most powerful and shocking way for me to see it as a child of God living 2015 years after. I felt like the Jesus actor was talking to me! I was right to feel that, because the real Jesus is! This movie is like you’re reading the Bible with the added beautiful cultural and visual parts which make the experience so human. I want you to see this, and if your life changes like mine just did, don’t thank me, but please thank the Holy Spirit who was working and inspiring to create this film. I now feel an urgency coming from me that I want to go out and do God’s Will, the will of Jesus like he told me in the movie. May God bless the people involved in this movie: this beautiful work!
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