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Joseph of Nazareth (2000)

Gli amici di Gesù - Giuseppe di Nazareth (original title)
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, it is rumored, is to take place very ... See full summary »


Raffaele Mertes, Elisabetta Marchetti (co-director)


Gareth Jones, Gianmario Pagano (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobias Moretti ... Joseph
Stefania Rivi Stefania Rivi ... Mary
Massimo Reale Massimo Reale
Ennio Fantastichini Ennio Fantastichini ... Herodes
Francesco Maria Dominedò ... Simon (as Francesco Dominedò)
Franco Interlenghi
Omar Lahlou Omar Lahlou ... Judas
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan
Mattia Sbragia
Imma Piro
Ida Di Benedetto Ida Di Benedetto ... Elizabeth
Giovanni Micoli Giovanni Micoli
Renato Scarpa
Gabriele Tozzi Gabriele Tozzi
Paolo De Crescenzo Paolo De Crescenzo ... Quirinus


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, it is rumored, is to take place very soon. Unlike his nephew JUDAS, who wants to join the zealots (freedom fighters), the 35-year-old widower JOSEPH is not interested in participating in any fighting against the Romans. He is well aware that such an uprising would be pointless, and Judas's death shortly afterwards confirms this. The other men in the village have to hide, and Joseph gets a visit from JOACHIM and ANNA, asking him to marry their unprotected 14-year-old daughter MARY. Joseph agrees, but promises to preserve her chastity. Nevertheless, one day Mary tells him, in Anna's presence, that she is pregnant. Believing in this immaculate conception is very difficult for Joseph, as is the message that her son JESUS will end the reign of Herod, which is announced to him in a vision. Their son is born in a Bethlehem cattle shed and ... Written by Anonymous

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delicate portrait
25 December 2012 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

portrait of an unknown. a silhouette in the Biblical story. sign of a miracle. nice figure in the Christmas atmosphere. but nothing else. this film is a real jewel for precise definition of Joseph figure. not a fantasy game but reconstruction. nothing heroic, pink or idealized. only story of a man in middle of not easy period. Joseph is a witness. master carpenter, good uncle for his nephews, honest believer, admirable friend. his life - fragile boat in political storms. his mission - to be support for others. and axis of a circle. so, Tobias Moretti performance is admirable for courage to give shining to each nuance of his role. a good work , not great - maybe - but real honest.this fact is important. because Joseph is more than a nice old man or prey of an extraordinary event. he is himself. image of good intentions and wise gestures, protector for his fiancé and level for Savior way. nothing heroic. only model for a decent existence.

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29 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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