Jesus of Nazareth

14/02/2018 11:59 am

As we travel on a journey of faith through Christ's passion, death and resurrection, this podcast series - 'Lent and Easter at the Movies' - takes us to the cinema as Fr Peter Malone MSC relates a series of thought-provoking movies to the day's Gospel reading.

One audio review is released for the Sundays of Lent and Easter. We also have a podcast for each day of Holy Week and other key dates.

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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

"The screenplay and direction, with a blend of 'realism' and 'naturalism', meant that any audience would not feel that the material was too much 'above them'. They could identify with the events and with Jesus himself. In this way, Zeffirelli's Jesus is personalised far more persuasively than Jesus in other films. The audience appreciates Jesus as a human being with feelings and warmth as well as intelligence and strong will."

You can listen to the podcast using the audio player in the top right-hand corner of this page. Right-click on the link below the player to download.

Fr Peter's review

Review: Jesus of Nazareth 412.14 kB

Background on the film can be found at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).


Fr Peter Malone is a former president of SIGNIS - the World Catholic Association for Communication. He's a highly experienced film critic and author who has travelled the world watching, writing on and talking about movies. Since 1968, he's written reviews for a number of Catholic magazines and periodicals. He's also written many books on cinema including Films and Values, Movie Christs and Antichrists, Cinema Down Under and the excellent Lights, Camera, Faith (Movie Lectionary) series.