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The 10 best screen faces of Jesus

27 March 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mark Kermode chooses the most believable sons of God...

Lothaire Bluteau in Jesus of Montreal (1989)

It's perhaps ironic that the best telling of the Easter story is a solidly secular work, but Denys Arcand's modern parable about a troupe of actors attempting to breathe new life into the Gospels (and annoying the church in the process) is a genuine masterpiece. Bluteau is mesmerising as the performer who starts to take Christ's teachings to heart, thereby radicalising those around him and threatening the authorities. Arcand's intelligent script even contrives a real-life resurrection which offers eyesight to the blind and health to the sick. A real cinematic miracle.

Ted Neeley in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Hey kids! Jesus Rocks! Nowadays, this film of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical would doubtless be cast via a trashyTV show entitled How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Messiah? Back in 1973, however, »

- Mark Kermode

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