Movie 44min

The Life And Passion of Jesus Christ (1902 - 1905)

Not rated.

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Directors Ferdinand Zecca, Lucien Nonguet
Country France
Language French
(Short) The Passion Play
(Original) La vie et la passion de Jésus Christ
(Alternative) The Passion Play: Life and Death of Christ
(Alternative) Historie de Christ
(Short) Passion Pathé
(Short) Passion Zacca
(Import) Pathé Frères
Based on the Bible Biblical Drama Birth of Jesus Black and White Boy Jesus in Temple Cleansing of the Temple Death of Jesus Drama Entry into Jerusalem Feeding Five Thousand Flight to Egypt Jesus Appears to the Women Jesus Christ Jesus in Gethsemane Jesus Life Jesus Miracles Jesus Mocked and Flogged Resurrection Samaritan Woman Shepherds in the Field Short Silent Film St. Joseph St. Mary St. Veronica The Adoration of Infant Jesus The Annunciation The Betrayal by Judas The Burial of Jesus The Crucifixion The Last Supper The Nativity The Passion The Raising of Lazarus The Road to Golgotha The Trial Before Pilate The Wise Men Walking on Water Wedding at Cana

A silent movie about the story of Jesus Christ from the Nativity to the crucifixion.

Started in 1902 with the bulk of tableaux(some sources say 18), it was extended with additional tableaux in 1904, and then a few more were added in 1905 to form the finished film of 27 tableaux. It has some early special effects, full costumes, and uniquely staged scenes withs painted backdrops. Many of these were inspired by the famous Biblical woodcuts of Gustave Dore. The whole film is in the end really a collection of 27 short films that were independently released making a reshoot of individual scenes possible. We do not have the one end result because of the multiple clips, versions, and mix up with the later and previous films. Instead, there were many versions and some are preserved. This early version is often confused with the more complete 1907 version of the movie, which is the one that is widely available on DVD today. There was also an earlier version of this Passion Play created somewhere in the range of 1897-1899, and there were versions that mixed scenes from this old with the newer one as well, so distinguishing which scene belongs to which version on some scenes can be a problem.

in 1903 Pathé developed coloring of film with the help of stencils and this may be one of the first films to ever be colorized.

27 Tableaux
The 27 tableaux of the film that could be ordered separately or together. Some of them were refilmed and updated on a later date. All made between 1902 and 1905.
The Annunciation
The Angel of the Lord appears to Mary, announcing the birth of a child, which shall be called the "Son of God."
The Strange Star
Led by the light of the strange new star, the three wise men of the East journey to Bethlehem in search of the holy child, whose birth has been foretold to them. They are followed by a large retinue of servants and a train of camels, donkeys, sheep, etc., forming in all an impressive caravan.
The Adoration of the Wise Men
The wise men and the shepherds enter the lowly stable and kneel at the feet of Mary, who holds in her arms the new-born babe. Joseph stands near and watches the touching scene.
Flight into Egypt
Through the lonely Egyptian desert Mary and Joseph flee to a place of safety to preserve the life of the infant Jesus. Arriving at the famous Sphinx, Mary finds shelter for the night, while Joseph collects wood for the fire.
Jesus and the Doctors
The doctors and sages are engaged in a learned discussion, when Jesus appears. They listen astounded at His words of wisdom. Mary and Joseph, who have been seeking their son, arrive and lead the child away.
The Holy Family
The holy family works at their daily occupations--Mary at the spinning wheel, Joseph and Jesus at the carpenter's bench. Joseph is teaching the boy his trade.
At the Wedding Feast
The guests are seated at the table, enjoying the festival, when it is discovered that there is no more wine. Jesus commands the servants to bring jars of water, and performs His first miracle by turning the water into wine, after which all present do him homage.
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
A group of women is gathered around the well, filling their jars with water. The last arrival is a woman of Samaria, notorious for her wicked character. Christ appears to her and grants her forgiveness for her sins.
Christ's Miracle with the Bread
A multitude of people is gathered around Christ to hear him preach. At midday He takes five loaves of bread and two fishes and feeds the assembly.
Entrance into Jerusalem
The people throng to the city gates and await the entry of their Saviour. When He appears riding on an ass, they greet Him with loud Hosannas and wave palm branches.
Jesus Driving the Sellers from the Temple
The merchants are assembled in the temple selling their wares, when Jesus enters and, overturning the tables of the money-lenders, drives them before Him. He shows them the error of their ways, and they are penitent.
The Lord's Supper
Seated at a long table, we see Christ and the twelve apostles, partaking of the Lord's supper. Blessing the wine, he gives it to them, and breaking a piece of bread, He presents it to Judas, saying that this man shall betray Him.
Jesus in the Garden of Olives
Jesus is in the Garden of Olives, praying for strength to do the Father's will. He is almost overcome by the thought of the terrible suffering which He must endure, when an angel appears and He is comforted.
Judas Kissing Jesus
The disciples who have been told to keep watch are asleep on the ground, while Jesus prays. Christ awakens them with mild reproach for their negligence just as Judas arrives. The traitor kisses Jesus, at which signal the centurions arrest Him and His followers.
Jesus before Pilate
Christ and Barabbas, a thief, are brought before Pilate, who, after examining them, pronounces Christ innocent. But the people cry out: "Crucify Him and release unto us Barabbas!"
Scourging Jesus
Christ's raiment is torn from Him and He is bound to a stake; the multitude is allowed to scourge and mock Him, even spitting in His face.
Crowning Him with Thorns
A crown of thorns is then pressed down upon his forehead; they drape Him in a royal purple robe, a palm is placed in His hand for a scepter, and they hail Him king with mocking shouts.
Presented to the People
Jesus being brought before him again, Pontius Pilate washes his hands to show that he has no part in this just man's death and delivers Him to the mob.
Jesus Sinking under the Cross
Jesus is forced to bear the heavy cross along the toilsome path to Calvary. His feeble strength fails Him and He sinks under the weight. Here they meet Simon, a Cyrenian, who helps Him to carry the cross. The brutal soldiers hurry them on with blows and kicks.
Miracle of St. Veronica
St. Veronica wipes the sweat from His brow with a white cloth, upon which a likeness of His face appears on its surface.
Christ is stripped of His clothing, and nailed to the cross, which is to be erected on the hillside, between two crucified thieves.
Death of Christ
Jesus pardons one of the thieves who repents of his sins; He asks for water and is given gall on a sponge. A soldier then steps forward and thrusts his lance into the side of Jesus, from which wound flows water and blood.
Taking Christ down from the Cross
The friends of Jesus, who had obtained permission, then take His body from the cross and, wrapping it in a white cloth, carry it away for burial.
Placing Him in the Tomb
Mary and the Disciples place His body in the Tomb. A heavy stone is rolled before the door and sentinels group themselves around.
Suddenly the angel appears and rolls away the heavy stone, and Jesus comes forth before the eyes of the terrified centurions.
Angel and the Holy Women
Early in the morning, Mary Magdalene visits Her Lord's tomb and is astonished to find it empty. The angels explain and the women depart rejoicing.
The End (The Ascension)
Christ ascends to heaven and is received by the Father and all the multitudes of the heavenly host.
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Ferdinand Zecca - Director
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Vincent Lorant-Heilbronn - Production Design (Scenography)