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Il messia

Roberto Rossellini Italy, 1975

Brotherdeacon's rating of the film The Messiah

Another in a long list of dramatic gospel films, but even late Rossellini with a large bankroll couldn't pull it off. Seemed as if he didn't want to offend any particular viewpoint, and so in the end gave us no unique vision at all, but a by-the-numbers visual New Testament, that's if you discount the OT prequel scenes from Samuel which open the shebang. It's Humanist hagiography for Christ, vitriol for the Jews.