Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries co-written and directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according the Christian Bible's New Testament Gospels. It stars Robert Powell as Jesus. The miniseries features an all star cast of famous American and European actors, including seven Oscar winners. Extra-biblical traditions were used in the writing of the screenplay and some characters and situations were invented for the film for brevity or dramatic purposes. Notably, Jesus of Nazareth depicts Judas Iscariot as a well-intentioned man initially, but later as a dupe of Zerah who betrays Jesus largely as a result of Zerah's false platitudes and pretexts. However, in accordance with the Gospels, the film depicts Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea as sympathetic members of the Sanhedrin. Many of the miracles of Jesus, such as the changing of water into wine at the wedding at Cana, the transfiguration, and the calming of the storm are not depicted, although Jesus healing the blind man and the crippled woman on Sabbath, the feeding of the multitude, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead are.

Directing:
  • Alice O'Fredericks
Writing:
  • Alice O'Fredericks
  • Grete Frische
  • Franco Zeffirelli
Seasons: 1
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  • Release Date: 1977-01-06
  • Views: 261
  • Country: GB, IT
  • Language: En | It | Es
  • Runtime: 404
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Anne Bancroft

Mary Magdalene

Anthony Quinn

Caiaphas

Ian Holm

Zerah

Martin Benson

Pharisee

Olivia Hussey

Virgin Mary

Peter Malberg

Onkel Anders

Birgitte Price

Søs (as Birgitte Bruun)

Michael York

John the Baptist

Stacy Keach

Barabbas

James Farentino

Simon Peter

Tony Lo Bianco

Quintilius

Rod Steiger

Pontius Pilate

Cyril Cusack

Yehuda the Rabbi

Claudia Cardinale

The Adulteress

Ian McShane

Judas Iscariot

Robert Beatty

Proculus

Peter Ustinov

Herod the Great

Marina Berti

Elizabeth

Renato Rascel

The Blind Man

James Mason

Joseph of Arimathea

Ernest Borgnine

The Centurion

Christopher Plummer

Herod Antipas

Ib Mossin

Peter

Agnes Rehni

Fru Agnes Sejersen

Lee Montague

Habbukuk

Maria Carta

Martha

John Duttine

John the Evangelist

Cyril Shaps

Obsessed Boy's Father

Francis de Wolff

Simon the Pharisee

Ken Jones

Jotham

Tony Vogel

Andrew

Sergio Nicolai

James II

Robert Rietty

Various small roles

John Tordoff

Malachi

Robert Brown

A Pharasee

Stefan Kalipha

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