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The first sound film made about the life of Jesus Christ, although it only covers Palm Sunday, the Passion, and the Resurrection. See more »
The cast list in the opening credits is read out by an off-screen voice. It lists the actors as follows: Harry Baur, Jean Gabin, Edwige Feuillère, Charles Granval, André Bacqué, Lucas Gridoux, Hubert Prélier, Juliette Verneuil and finally Robert Le Vigan as Jesus. See more »
Must-see version of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and through his crucifixion and resurrection
"Golgotha" (1935) or "Behold the Man" is a magnificent and deeply moving filming of the Jesus story, beginning with his tumultuous entry into Jerusalem and ending with his re-appearance after his crucifixion. Julien Duvivier's direction of this spectacle is unbelievable. The settings using Algeria are fantastic and catch the times with realism.
The story is told with huge energy and yet tremendous subtlety. The expressive way that Judas is shown is one example of that subtlety. Another is the subtle ways in which various Romans become so hesitant before Jesus and how the Temple leaders reveal their doubts about what they are doing to bring him down. The music score with its many flourishes complements the almost wall-to-wall appearances of crowds. Jean Gabin makes an excellent Pilate, Harry Baur an excellent mocking Herod. The crucifixion sequence captures the forces of nature, the darkness, the covered sun, the dark clouds and the wind, all to wonderful effect.
The movie unflinchingly shows human nature's many modes of odious behavior. It focuses a great deal of attention on the machinations of the Temple leaders against Jesus. The movie is not a religious tract. It doesn't attempt to explain Jesus, show much of his teachings, point toward any religious doctrine, or even explain the meaning of his life and death. It almost becomes a tale of man's inhumanity to man brought down to a case where anyone can see it, due to the fact that Jesus did no harm and committed no crime. And that sad cruel tale harbors both mysteries and lessons personal to each of us.
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