Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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Jesus of Nazareth miniseries


Jesus of Nazareth (Italian: Gesù di Nazareth) is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries co-written (with Anthony Burgess and Suso Cecchi d’Amico) and directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according the Christian Bible’s New Testament Gospels. It was filmed in Tunisia, Morocco, and Mexico and was produced by Lew Grade and Vincenzo Labella on a budget of an estimated US$12 million to $18 million.

The film stars Robert Powell as Jesus. The large cast of co-stars includes Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino, Ian Holm, Olivia Hussey, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, James Mason, Ian McShane, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Fernando Rey, Ralph Richardson, Rod Steiger, Peter Ustinov, and Michael York.


The storyline of Jesus of Nazareth is a kind of cinematic Diatessaron, or “Gospel harmony”, blending the narratives of all four New Testament accounts. It takes a fairly naturalistic approach, de-emphasizing special effects when miracles are depicted and presenting Jesus as more or less evenly divine and human. The familiar Christian episodes are presented chronologically: the betrothal, and later marriage, of Mary and Joseph; the Annunciation; the Visitation; the circumcision of John the Baptist; the Nativity of Jesus; the visit of the Magi; the circumcision of Jesus; the Census of Quirinius; the flight into Egypt and Slaughter of the Innocents; the Finding in the Temple; the Baptism of Jesus; the woman caught in adultery; Jesus helping Peter catch the fish; the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32); a dialogue between Jesus and Barabbas (non-biblical); Matthew’s dinner party; the Sermon on the Mount; debating with Joseph of Arimathea; the curing of the blind man at the pool; the Raising of Lazarus (John 11:43); the Feeding of the Five Thousand; the Entry into Jerusalem; Jesus and the money changers; the Last Supper; the betrayal of Jesus by Judas; Peter denying Christ and repenting of it; the judgment of Jesus by Pilate (“Ecce Homo”); the Johannine Passion Narrative (John 18-19; including the Agony in the Garden); the Carrying of the Cross; the Crucifixion of Christ (Laurence Olivier’s Nicodemus recites the “Suffering Servant” passage [Isaiah’ 53:3-5] as he looks helplessly on the crucified Messiah); the discovery of the empty tomb; and an appearance of the Risen Christ to his Disciples. The film’s storyline concludes with the non-Biblical character Zerah and his colleagues gazing despairingly into the empty tomb. Zerah’s laments: “Now it begins. It all begins”.


via Jesus of Nazareth miniseries – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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41 thoughts on “Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

    • If you are not interested, don’t watch. This is great film, though, and you don’t have to be a believer in Jesus to appreciate this film. But commenting that you don’t want to watch is really so unnecessary. Do you comment like this to your Muslim or Jewish friends’ posts? Do you only dislike Christianity? Are all religions fair game to criticize on your friends’ posts?

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  4. Jesus of Nazareth is the best movie ever made about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Good News really comes to life in this movie.
    It is my all time favorite movie, Peace.

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  25. I’ll try to get through those videos. Over six hours is long, but I might be able to get through this. There’s an awful lot that can be said and questioned, but it’d take a long article to really go over all of this. Not even six to seven hours of documentary is going to answer all pertinent questions, but some videos might provide some useful information.

    We have to be careful with Western so-called Christianity though. We have to be very wary of this, history, for those who have learned the real, factual parts of it, tells us!

    • Actually, I recommended these videos to Natureboy, as I don’t think he has read the NT (he’s Jewish). But you and everyone else are more than welcome to view them, of course. It’s a wonderful 6 hour production.

    • its the best movie on Christ to date. nothing even comes close. filmed by an Italian director , and screenplay by a British writer , so this film really stays away from that putrid American christian fundamentalism , and just gives the straight story .

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