- Actors: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Anne Bancroft
- Writers: Anthony Burgess, David Butler, Franco Zeffirelli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico
- Producers: Bernard J. Kingham, Dyson Lovell, Lew Grade, Tarak Ben Ammar
- Format: VHS
- Studio: Carlton
- VHS Release Date: 19 Mar. 2001
- Run Time: 270 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 418 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004R804
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Jesus Of Nazareth (Cinema Version)
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Cinematic version of Franco Zeffirelli's eight-hour television mini-series depicting the life of Jesus Christ with a script, co-written by renowned author Anthony Burgess, which attempts to remain faithful to its source by using material from all four Gospels. Born to virgin Mary and her carpenter husband Joseph, Jesus (Robert Powell) soon begins performing miracles and healing the sick. Thought by some to be the Messiah, he becomes a target for the religious authorities, and is soon sentenced to death by crucifixion.
Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth version of Jesus' life opens with a very thorough depiction of the story of his birth. The film doesn't skimp on some of the other landmark events of this famous story either. Director Franco Zeffirelli gives ample screen time each to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Passages of the Bible are quoted verbatim, the locations have a Palestine-like authenticity, and, aside from some of the principals (Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas), many of the non-Roman characters are actually played by Semitic-looking actors. Zeffirelli diligently provides the socio-political background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans). --Kimberly Heinrichs, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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It even states it is 374 mins on the DVD case. A bit annoyed as the is the 2nd time I've purchased it (different packaging) so I thought I was getting the non-edited version but I wasn't
In my view, this, Franco Zeffirelli's version, is the definitive film on the life-story of Jesus of Nazareth as we know it from the Bible. It is a beautifully shot and portrayed film, a gem. Anything that came before or after cannot hold a candle to it! All the very famous actors in the cast also make this a memorial to them. Once artists are dead, only sequences on film can bring them back to us and to later generations as they were in their prime. I also think that Olivia Hussey made such a wonderful Mary! A real delight to watch and I have always remembered it from when I first saw it in the 1970s, on TV, and am so glad to have been able to get a copy to enjoy again when I want to.
in my view, Powell does the best Jesus of any of the screen productions, probably simply because he is the best actor to have portrayed Jesus.
There is also a cut-down film version of about 4 1/2 hours available elsewhere.
This 6 hour version lingers more on the events before Jesu's birth.
fast delivery, and a great price, as always.
As to the film itself,well what can I say,just a "Wonderful" film.I always think of this as being the nearest to what actually happened.The resurrection of Lazarus is so powerful,so compassionate,it makes me proud to be a follower of Jesus Christ.He truly is the Son of God.
If you insist on total accuracy, this will not please you, but then again neither will any of the other versions. But as a means of encouragement it is really worth seeing
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