Set in the Spain of 1680, a time of torture and interrogation by the Grand Inquisitor. A young man appears that is healing the sick and raising the dead. There are rumours that he might be ... See full summary »

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Set in the Spain of 1680, a time of torture and interrogation by the Grand Inquisitor. A young man appears that is healing the sick and raising the dead. There are rumours that he might be the second coming of the Messiah. He is brought before the Grand Inquisitor. Though questioned and tortured, he chooses to remain silent. Written by Anonymous

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22 December 2002 (UK)  »

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The film is based on "The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor", a short story that figures prominently in Dostoyevsky's novel "The Brothers Karamazov". The story was completely omitted from MGM's 1958 film version of Dostoyevsky's novel. See more »

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A powerful and thought provoking short film on the role of the Church since Christ.
30 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dominating this film is a superb Derek Jacobi as the Cardinal Inquisitor.

Although virtually a monologue by Jacobi for long sections, there are fine cameo supporting roles from Alan Armstrong; a silent Stephen Billington and a mobile faced, equally mute, John Dallimore.

Based on a section from Dostoyevski's "Brother's Karazamov", the film discusses the reaction of the Spanish Catholic Church in 1680 to the possibility of a prisoner being Christ in his second coming.

A thought provoking, well filmed and intellectual piece, almost theatrical in presentation, with an interesting twist at the end.

Many lively hours of discussion ensued in our household.


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