With Easter a week away, I thought we'd revisit one of the classic miniseries of the 70's.
Jesus of Nazareth spanned over 6 hours in all, spread out over a few nights on NBC. Director Franco Zeffarelli brought the Gospels to life. His interpretation was epic in its scope, with an all-star cast to match in support of a relative unknown, Robert Powell, cast in the title role. I believe it was released in theatres overseas, but not so sure about an American theatrical release.
As Jesus of Nazareth marks its 40th anniversary this year, let's take a close look at a sample clip:
Compare this, if you will, to Mark Burnett & Roma Downey's recent miniseries, The Bible, which spun off the movie, "Son of God". The Burnetts took creative liberties with the source material, which made the movie fall a bit flat. I'd sooner have Jesus of Nazareth on DVD, thank you.