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The Wandering Jew (1933)

Conrad Veidt stars as the Jew who urges Roman authorities to crucify Jesus and release Barabbas. As a punishment, he is condemned by God to wander the Earth for many centuries, enduring ... See full summary »

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Matathias
Marie Ney ...
Judith
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Rachel [cut from US version]
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Joanne de Beaudricourt
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Lord de Beaudricourt
Bertram Wallis ...
Prince Bohemund of Tarentum
Hector Abbas ...
Isaachar the Miser
Kenji Takase ...
Phirous (as Takase)
Jack Livesey ...
Godfrey Duke of Normandy
Joan Maude ...
Gianella
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Pietro Morelli
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Andrea Michelotti
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Olalla Quintana
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Archbishop Juan de Texada
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Conrad Veidt stars as the Jew who urges Roman authorities to crucify Jesus and release Barabbas. As a punishment, he is condemned by God to wander the Earth for many centuries, enduring innumerable trials and tribulations on several continents.

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The Man Who Could Not Die

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26 March 1937 (Sweden)  »

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Ahasver  »

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The cinema film debut of Peggy Ashcroft. See more »

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The establishing shots of Palermo, Sicily, show it as being on a lake rather than on the coast. See more »

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24 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A British adaptation of a famous story that has since lapsed into obscurity, THE WANDERING JEW strives to be a lush historical epic but in fact it feels long-winded and dragged out. The story is about a man who is cursed to eternal life, and adopts the following format: the wayfarer travels to a community, is involved in the events, finally exposed, and forced to move on to the next place. There's no real character arc or insight here; events are just portrayed 'as is'.

It's a dated affair that feels rather yawn-worthy, unfortunately. The epic scenes have dated in the worst way and the crowd shots all feel rather theatrical. The religious aspects to the storyline were also dull and old-fashioned. The main draw for me was the chance to see German actor Conrad Veidt (of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI fame) in his first English-speaking part, although he's hidden behind flowing robes, make-up, and a straggly beard for the running time. The ending is abrupt and the whole film feels like it has little to say despite best intentions.


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