"if you are a religious person (Christian, Jewish or
other), you will find this an enthralling film"
"BUT: you don't need to have a religion to see that this made for television version of the
life of Jesus has never been bettered"
Nazareth with Robert Powell by Franco Zeffirelli
Franco Zeffirelli's four part television production
of 'Jesus Of Nazareth'.
Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours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 ample screen time each to the Last Supper and the
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
Zeffirelli diligently provides the socio-political
background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it
caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans).
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