Young philanderer inherits 13 ratty antique chairs and decides to sell them off to get some money. Later he learns that one of them contains documents worth a lot of money, so he begins an ... See full summary »
Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into to pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.Written by
Antony Quinn was usually dubbed, for the Italian market, by Arnoldo Foà. In this movie also Arnoldo Foà had a role, as Joseph of Arimathea. So two characters, Barabbas and Joseph, speak with the same voice in the version for the Italian market. See more »
The gladiator that Torvald kills from the two-horse chariot remains on his back. The next shot, however, shows him on his chest. See more »
[after being released from jail, Barabbas enters a tavern]
Here's a fine sight. Six weeks and nobody's moved!
See more »
At long last, a notable epic comes to DVD, presented in an exceptional widescreen transfer.
Richard Fleisher's BARABBAS is an Italian-American co-production, from the early sixties, much like Robert Aldrich's epic, SODOM AND GOMORRAH. Fleischer does a surprisingly good job turning Par Lagerkvist's preachy novel into a picturesque, character-driven epic, and Anthony Quinn is particularly good as the brooding, boorish lead character. There's some of the traditional ham-handed, Hollywood handling of ancient Christian martyrdom, but, as with most Biblical epics of the time, this is offset by better casting of the non-Christian and Roman characters (the script, much like that of QUO VADIS and BEN-HUR, always tends to make the Romans more interesting and memorable). The production design by Mario Chiari is exceptional, as is the subtle, effective music by Mario Nascimbene; and all of this is perfectly captured on Columbia/Tri-Star's new DVD version. The Technirama picture is presented in high-definition anamorphic widescreen and doesn't attempt to compromise the earth-toned Technicolor of the original film prints. The sound is mastered from the original 4-track magnetic elements and retains the localized dialogue of the theatrical mix. This is a quality costume epic, ranking with the best of it's kind, for fans of the genre. Too bad a disc version of the film is too late to allow commentary from it's star: the late, great Anthony Quinn.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this