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In the 1927 silent version of The King of Kings, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Christ is first seen from the point of view of a blind man regaining his sight. It is a masterful touch that adds grandeur to the story. Over the decades, scores of films have been made about Jesus of Nazareth. Many of these productions dripped with Hollywood glitz, while others tackled serious issues of faith. All of them understood that no story about Jesus is complete without addressing the holy trilogy of events: the mystery of his life, the agony of his death and the miracle of his resurrection.

Now comes Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which is the Kill Bill of Jesus movies. This version doesn’t bother with Christ’s role as prophet, teacher or healer (except in a few perfunctory flashbacks). It is concerned only with the final 12 hours of Christ’s life—from his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on the cross.


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