I’m reaching back to 1964 to recommend this ground-breaking film from the 1964 Worlds Fair. Click the image to read my entire review.
In the Coen Brothers spoof of 1950s Hollywood a studio fixer has his hands full searching for the kidnapped star of its major unfinished Jesus film, getting other stars out of jams, & considering the offer of a job giving him more money & more time with his neglected family.
The story of Jesus is transferred to 20th Century Jordan in this version featuring the music of Harry Chapin and text from Clarence Jordan’s NT translation.
The Gospel of John is enacted by actors speaking Aramaic under the narrator who reads the King James text or the NIV text or Spanish in a 3rd version.
A Greek village ruled by Turks chooses a shepherd as Christ in the annual Passion Play. When the priest refuses to help refugees the shepherd resists him.
A filmed version of the NIV text of Matthew’s Gospel in which Richard Kiley’s Matthew dictates the text, the camera switching to actors who speak dialogue.
At Christmas Madea finds herself in the middle of a struggle of a black mother and her daughter, the former disapproving her marriage to a white.
This Life of Christ film draws on all 4 gospels and employs a huge cast of famous actors to tell the story from Christ’s birth thru his death & Resurrection.