The greatest story, retold: (clockwise from above) Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of Christ' (2004) is already contoversial. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (1973) entertained even when it didn't inform. 'Jesus of Montreal' (1989) is a contemporary take on the Passion. The 'Jesus of Nazareth' miniseries (1977) showed an awareness of relgious sensitivities. 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' (1965) got terrible reviews. Some called 'The Last Temptation of Christ' (1988) blasphemous.

Jesus Christ, cinema star

Mel Gibson's movie is the latest take on the Passion Story, but filmmakers have long found it a source of inspiration

By John J. Michalczyk
Globe Correspondent / February 22, 2004

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Three years after the birth of cinema in Paris, filmmakers were already focusing on the life and death of Christ as a rich and valid cinematic subject. In a primitive and condensed several minutes, the Lumiere brothers' 1898 "Life and Passion of Jesus Christ" went on to inspire a long line of directors to visually depict the last days of ... (Full Article: 1563 Words)

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