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The Birth, the Life and the Death of Christ (1906)

La vie du Christ (original title)
The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.

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The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.

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During a screening in the 1940's in Argentina, an old man, for whom this was his first experience with 'moving pictures', was so taken in and enraged from seeing Judas betray Jesus that he pulled out a gun and started firing at the screen, intent on stopping him from betraying Jesus again. See more »

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Title Card: Descending from the Cross
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Epic for its time
3 October 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This 1906 film is an epic for its time, although nowadays it will seem stunted. Bear in mind that 1906 was very very early in the film era. From that time there are few films of note. "A Trip to the Moon" (1902) from Georges Melies and "The Great Train Robbery" (1903) from Edwin Porter are the exceptions. A little later William S Hart made "Ben Hur" (1907) and D.W.Griffith made "In Old California" (1910), but it wasn't until "Birth of a Nation" (1915) that we have something of similar scope.

The film is a series of brief plays, with a single camera recording the action from medium to long shots. If you didn't know the story it would be hard to follow, but who doesn't know the story?

The film will be of interest to film scholars as an early epic. Otherwise there isn't much to recommend it. That being said, for 1906 it is very impressive.


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