Essay on Film

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Since its introduction to America and the world, film has become one of the most important and popular cultural mediums ever (Marsh 33). Ever since the motion picture industry began, the role of Jesus Christ has been used numerous times in different ways. These portrayals of Jesus in film have varied in showing either a traditional image, pertaining to the gospels, or one more unconventional, usually based on someone else's interpretation. Both of these different ways of showing Jesus and his life have greatly influenced people’s image of him (Brunstad 145). Because of the movies' portrayals of Jesus, his differing image has also been shown as more human, usually when Jesus is unconventional, or more divine. The portrayal
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It is set during the time of Christ. The parts that show Jesus are based on gospel accounts. King of Kings came out in 1961. Nicholas Ray directed it and Jeffrey Hunter was cast as Jesus. This movie is about the life of Jesus, from birth to death, based on gospel accounts. The Greatest Story Ever Told was released in 1965. It was directed by George Stevens and Max von Sydow played the part of Jesus. It is also about the life of Jesus, from birth to death, based on gospel accounts. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew originally came out in European theaters in 1964, but wasn’t released in the United States until 1966 (Stern 114). It is a foreign film, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Enrique Irazoqui played Jesus Christ. It is about the life of Jesus as shown in the gospel of Matthew.

Jesus Christ Superstar was released in 1973. Normal Jewison directed it and Ted Neely was cast as Jesus. This is a film version of the musical Broadway play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ’s life. Jesus of Nazareth is a made for television miniseries that was shown in 1977. It was directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell played the role of Jesus. It is an in-depth look into the life of Jesus, from before his birth to his death, based on gospel accounts. The Last Temptation of Christ came out in 1988. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it is based on a book by the same name of the movie. Willem Dafoe played Jesus, a man who has to come to terms with his

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