Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Gospel Of John

I'll admit, I'm not a big fan of biblical movies because they are often inaccurate and poorly done or they are over done (i.e. the old Hollywood biblical epics that were pure spectacle). Very few of the movies about Jesus have moved me. Most have left me cold and indifferent. One of the most faithful film adaptations was Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew in which the dialog is taken strictly from the gospel itself. Pasolini, a controversial figure and was shot in the style of Italian neorealism. 

Netflix currently has one for streaming that was done by the Lumo Project entitled The Gospel of John based on my favorite of the gospels.  For those unfamiliar with the Lumo Project, their goal is to film each of the books of the gospel using the text from those books as the exact words for their films. As their site also states:  The film has been informed by leading world experts' latest theological, historical and archaeological research on every aspect of life in first century Palestine. I love that the actors look like what people in the time and place that Christ lived look like. 

This film also shows all side of Christ, including how he could be confrontational and in your face, much to the anger of the Pharisees and many of the people around him. 

The Gospel of John was shot on location in Morocco and is the first they have released of the four. One can also chose between watching the King James translation (narrated by actor Brian Cox) or the New International Version (narrated by actor David Harewood).  The actors are also Middle Eastern and come from Arabic and Iranian descent. The actors even speak in Aramaic (the tongue spoken during the time of Jesus) in the background, though the narration is all in English. 

Beautifully shot, The Gospel of John transports one to the world of First Century Palestine and one cannot help but be moved in hearing those first words spoken:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

This film does an amazing job to present the life of Christ in all of his divinity and humanity. It took the filmmakers five years to make this movie and it shows in the depth they have brought to this project. 

To find out more about the Lumo Project and the Gospel films, here is a link to their official site:

Here's the trailer for the film what Lumo Project is attempting to do with these films.

Here's the official trailer for The Gospel of John:

You can also follow them on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/TheLumoProject

You can stream this film on Netflix of download it from iTunes. 

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