Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

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 Jesus Christ (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Herod Antipas (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Andrew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 John the Evangelist (2 episodes, 1977)
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 James I (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Herodias (2 episodes, 1977)
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 James II (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Joseph of Arimathea (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Nicodemus (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Pontius Pilate (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Zerah (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Amos (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Matthew (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Salome (2 episodes, 1977)
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A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

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The actor who plays the teenage Jesus is dubbed. See more »

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When Jesus visits Jerusalem as a young boy, his family walks past the outer wall and travels past the crucifixion site where Jesus would be killed later in the movie. In this early scene, the crosses and scaffolding have already been set up with the same Roman guards who appear later in the film (set 30 years in the future) already posted by the crucifixion hill. See more »

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Herod Antipas: John if I set you free, what would you do with your freedom?
John the Baptist: I would follow the one whose way I have prepared, like so many others who already follow him, but you will not set me free.
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Reverent portrayal of the life of Christ
6 March 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to transfer the life of Christ to the screen, and one that succeeds is Franco Zefirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. The story is a straighforward retelling of the synoptic gospels(Matthew, Mark, and Luke), starting with the divine revelations to Mary and Joseph of their roles as Jesus's earthly parents on the the Resurrection. The score is beautific and reverent, and the big name actors who populate the film are well-cast(no Shelley Winters or John Wayne, thankfully). Also, British actor Robert Powell gives Jesus the proper reverence and poise. Zefirelli was correct to cast him; with his angular features, wavy brown hair and light eyes, this Jesus looks like every church icon and Sunday School picture I've ever seen, something Zefirelli was aware of and used to great effect. While he passes on accuracy for effect with Jesus, the apostles, it must be noted, all resemble the Hebrew peasants, publicans, and sinners they most certainly were. The length is tolerable, primarily because Zefirelli doesn't waste film on needless, arty panoramas or slow-moving dialogue. Zefirelli does keep the action moving, but one annoying technique he employs is the now dated-looking zoom close-up, but this happens infrequently. Highly recommended.


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