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Jesus Of Nazareth

"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"

Jesus Of 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Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth (six hours plus) version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth.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 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 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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