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Rev. Edward Engelbrecht

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Current Best Film
« on: March 14, 2022, 10:21:12 AM »
I have students in catechism who are new to Sunday School and church life. We are studying the second article of the Creed and they are very interested in seeing a movie about the life of Christ. In the past I have shown The Jesus Film (Genesis Project; Inspiration Films, 1979), which follows the Gospel of Luke fairly well. I wonder what is more recent, well done, and faithful, while not being overlong.
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Re: Current Best Film
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2022, 04:16:14 PM »
The Gospel of John (There are also "The Gospel of _____") is a solid production.  It's from 2003. (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377992/)

It isn't finished.  And it is long, a TV series.  They are only up to the Sermon on the Mount in the 2nd season.  But "The Chosen" is a very good production.  You'd watch it just as a great piece of entertainment.   I honestly thought I was pretty jaded about video productions, but the gospel is a great story, we know that, and they really have captured that through two seasons.  At the end of the first season I was afraid that it would be a Mad Men type thing.  The first season was so good that everything after would pale in comparison, even if it was still very good.  They avoided that. (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9471404/)

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Re: Current Best Film
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2022, 04:42:28 PM »
The gospel according to Saint Matthew, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. 1964
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Re: Current Best Film
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2022, 05:03:26 PM »
The gospel according to Saint Matthew, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. 1964

He asked for a film more recent than 1979.  And you give him one from 1964.  OK....

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Re: Current Best Film
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2022, 05:45:35 PM »
In 1977, Director Francis Zeffirelli gave us "Jesus of Nazareth"
which became an instant classic.  It was 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Now "Jesus of Nazareth" has been remastered and recut to
1 hour and 43 minutes.

So technically the short version is not strictly of 1977 vintage.

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Re: Current Best Film
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2022, 07:40:44 PM »
Sometimes, Pastor Bohler, older is worth noting. And Pasoliniís take is interesting.
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