TRAILER DVD movie:
JESUS OF NAZARETH
SYNOPSIS DVD movie:
JESUS OF NAZARETH
Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours plus) version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth. The film doesn't skimp on some of the other landmark events of this famous story either. Director Franco Zeffirelli gives more than 12 minutes screen time each to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Passages of the Bible are quoted verbatim, the locations have a Palestine-like authenticity, and, aside from some of the principals (Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas), many of the non-Roman characters are actually played by Semitic-looking actors. Zeffirelli diligently provides the sociopolitical background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans). While not graphic by today's standards, some of the scenes--baby boys being ripped from their mothers' arms and slaughtered, nails being driven into Jesus' hands--may disturb young and/or sensitive children.
Original title: Jesus of Nazareth
Number of discs: 4 DVDs
Running Time: 384 minutes
Languages: Spanish, English
System: PAL - Zone 2 (Europe...)
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Screenwriter: Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess
Cast: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, James Mason, Rod Steiger, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier, Claudia Cardinale, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Donald Pleasence, Fernando Rey, Christopher Plummer, Ralph Richardson, Cyril Cusack, Ian Holm, Ian McShane, Olivia Hussey.
• 1978: Emmy Awards: Nominated for Best TV Movie and Supp. Actor (Farentino)
• 1977: 6 nominations for BAFTA, including Single Play and Actor (Powell)