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29 April 2001 (USA) See more »
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The people of Jerusalem are suffering under the reign of HEROD, and are hoping to be delivered from the Roman occupiers by the Messiah # whose arrival... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Raffaele Mertes 
Elisabetta Marchetti (co-director)
 
Writing credits
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Gareth Jones 
Gianmario Pagano  story

Produced by
Luca Bernabei .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Frisina 
 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Galasso 
 
Film Editing by
Elisabetta Marchetti 
 
Casting by
Fabiola Banzi 
Cornelia von Braun 
 
Production Design by
Paolo Biagetti 
 
Art Direction by
Paolo Biagetti 
 
Set Decoration by
Titus Vossberg 
 
Costume Design by
Paolo Scalabrino 
Titus Vossberg 
 
Makeup Department
Mario Michisanti .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Loretta Bernabei .... unit production manager
Franco Casellato .... post-production supervisor
Thami Havai .... production manager
Elisabetta Moretti .... unit production manager
Andrea Nuzzolo .... production manager
Driss Saber .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rachel Griffiths .... assistant director
Hicham Ichaab .... assistant director
Elisabetta Marchetti .... second unit director
Sara Rossi .... second assistant director
Mustapha Toumi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giuseppe De Luca .... property master
 
Sound Department
Giuseppe Muratori .... sound
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Bruno Ventura .... sound editor
Laura Vergelli .... adr supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto De Nigris .... camera operator
Stanislao Galasso .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Elisabetta Marchetti .... casting supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stefano De Nardis .... assistant costume designer
Ali Lammari .... set costumer
Maurizio Torti .... key set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Rosario Ranieri .... post-production coordinator
Michele Sblendorio .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Marco Frisina .... conductor
Dave Tinsley .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Hicham Regragui .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Emmanuel Bonfiglioli .... assistant story editor
Francesca Deodato .... production secretary
Fernando Muraca .... story editor
Carla Maria Perrina .... payroll clerk
Mohammed Hamza Regragui .... production assistant: morocco
Paola Sangiovanni .... script supervisor
Laura Vergelli .... dialogue adaptor
Ferdinand Dohna .... representative: Epsilon TV Production (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Gli amici di Gesù - Giuseppe di Nazareth" - Italy (original title)
"Close to Jesus" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Friends of Jesus - Joseph of Nazareth" - International (English title)
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90 min | Austria:96 min
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful title character...poor supporting cast., 7 March 2004
Author: John Nickolaus (nickolausj@yahoo.com) from Maplewood, MN

Beyond the traditional Christmas story of the Nativity, next to nothing is known about Joseph, the Earthy father of Jesus and husband of Mary. After taking on the role of foster father to the Son of God, and the search for 12 year old Jesus in Jerusalem, Joseph of Nazareth just disappears from Biblical record. "Giuseppe di Nazareth" attempts to answer that question.

Made in 1999 by Raffaele Mertes, "Giuseppe di Nazareth" is an honorable, yet weak offering from the Italian master of Biblical films. Responsible for the beautifully told "Maria Maddalena" (2000), Mertes does not fictionalize the story of Joseph as well as he does Magdalene's story. As with all Biblical tales, a certain amount of "filler" needs to be added when the Bible fails to give us the story, and "Giuseppe" is the result of weak storytelling. The plot just puts Joseph, and his family, in far too many unlikely situations, and the dignity of the characters suffer for it.

As "Joseph", Tobias Moretti gives a fine performance. With large, expressive eyes, he manages to convey his sincerity in the role, with very little help from the script. On fine scene in particular is Joseph's advise to a nephew who's betrothed has been violated by Roman soldiers. Moretti's Joseph is truly a child of God and his character never waivers in his love of the Lord. It's a pity this performance went to waste in this film.

Stefania Rivi, as "Mary", is a perfect example of "looks aren't everything". She is a very beautiful woman and makes a picture perfect "Virgin Mary", but is stiff and emotionless as an actress. Her earlier scenes are not bad, but after the "Nativity" she appears to simply go through the motions. I had hope for her portrayal of "The Mother of the Lord", but Rivi doesn't deliver. She also appears to be the only person in Israel that doesn't age. While Joseph, Anna (Mary;s mother) and Jesus all age 12 years by the end of the film, Mary remains looking a youthful 17! Is this an after affect of her holy encounter with God????

The most annoying performance in the film, sadly comes from the 12 year old "Jesus" himself, Jurij Gentilini. This has to be the worst child actor I have seen in quite some time, and the fact that he is supposed to be playing the Son of God doesn't help the situation either. He shows even less emotion than the actress playing his mother (which is hard to think possible!), and literally seems to recite his lines. If I hadn't known the outcome of the situation, I would have been praying that Mary and Joseph would never find him again after they lose him in Jerusalem! God, please forgive me!!!!

Thankfully, director Raffaele Mertes grew in his storytelling by the time he got to "Maria Maddalena" a year later.

On an interesting side note, the white box that contains the frankincense give the Holy Family by the wise men, is the same prop used in the 1999 TV movie "Jesus", as one of the gifts given to the Holy Family. In the later film, it can be seen very clearly when shown by Mary (Jacqueline Bisset) to Jesus (Jeremy Sisto), right before a flashback to the Nativity. Raffaele Mertes worked on both films, serving as cinematographer for "Jesus", and as already mentioned, director of "Giuseppe di Nazareth". The production designer was the same on both films, Paolo Biagetti.

The version I saw, as part of the "Close to Jesus" DVD set, was partially filmed in English, but dubbed throughout. I'm NOT a fan of dubbing, but it didn't bother me in this film.

The "Close to Jesus" DVD set consists of "Giuseppe di Nazareth" and the Biblical trilogy of "Maria Maddalena", "Giuda" (Judas) and "Tommaso" (Thomas). The brilliant thing about these three films, is that the same actors play the same roles in all three films, each told from a different point of view. All are directed by Raffaele Mertes.

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