Unlike other films about Jesus Christ, Robert Powell's portrayal of Jesus Christ (in this film) starting from his dialogue "Woe to you, scribes and the Pharisees" till the dialogue "For I and my Father are one and the same" is very close to the personality of Jesus Christ in New Testament.
New Testament (Matthew 7:28-7:29) clearly points out that the crowds were amazed by the teachings of Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law. See more »
Full-immersion baptism, not sprinkling baptism, was in use at the time of Christ. See more »
A film with a prodigious baroque photography, a true homage to sacred art works in line of catholic tradition. Also this film is a personal view of Zeffirelli, who presents a Christ very human, although sometimes in mystical ecstasy but probably like must be a man who thinks that is a God. Zeffirelli message is than exceptical like Pasolini. Jesus Miracles are simple and criptical and can considered it. In this film there is philosophical conversation, in Pasolini only there a translation of "evangelio secondi di mateo" texts, like says the title. Dramatically is very better that Passolini. Robert Powell is incredible. The cinematography and illumination is the key for achieve that scenes that mix light and darkness. Atrezzo is totally realistic. Virtuoso and majesty. Perfect 10/10
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