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  •  I heartily agree with your best. (4+ / 0-)

    "Jesus of Nazareth," starring Robert Powell, is my favorite depiction of Christ ever on film.  Powell is mesmerizing as Jesus, and he plays him with a great blend of mysticism and humanity.

    The worst?  Oh, God.  It's a tossup between three for me, because they all sucked in their own unique ways:  "Jesus," made for TV in 1999, featuring Jeremy Sisto as the ultimate country-western boy (I say this because Sisto never looks like anything more than an extra from "Friends" in this film); "The Greatest Story Ever Told," for all the reasons numbered in this diary; and the execrable "The Passion."  I know what happens to a crucified human being, in detail.  Watching Mel Gibson's S/M fantasy writ large is not my idea of Biblical entertainment.

    I also love over-the-top Biblical epics--although I have a somewhat soft spot in my heart for "David and Bathsheba," with Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward.  "Quo Vadis" is so very, very bad that it's hilarious from start to finish.  I'd throw "Samson and Delilah" in here, too.  And then there's "Ben-Hur," which has become one of my favorites thanks to Gore Vidal's anecdote about getting Stephen Boyd to play Messala as a jilted lover in order to lighten "Cornpone Chuck's" ham-handed performance.  I used to think it was dull; now I watch just to see Boyd's expressions shift from love to heartbreak to vindictive spite in every scene he plays with Heston.

    Hope is a good thing--maybe the best of things--and no good thing ever dies.

    by Gemina13 on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 01:28:12 AM PDT

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