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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as current film releases with spiritual significance, and a few bits and pieces on the Bible.

    Friday, March 17, 2006

    Jesus (1979) - Scene Guide

    As I reviewed and discussed a few other articles about Jesus (1979) earlier this week, I thought I would finish off by posting the scene guide to the film. There are various different length versions of this film around, so this might not exactly correspond to the version you have. The list below refers to the 2 hour version, which I believe is the cut that aired in cinemas.
    Annunciation - (Luke 1:26-38)
    Mary & Elizabeth - (Luke 1:39-45)
    Birth of Jesus - (Luke 2:1-7)
    Shepherds - (Luke 2:8-20)
    Boy Jesus - (Luke 2:41-51)
    Baptism - (Luke 3:21-22)
    Temptation - (Luke 4:1-13)
    Rejection at Nazareth - (Luke 4:14-30)
    Catch of Fish Miracle - (Luke 5:1-11)
    Pharisee and the Tax Collector - (Luke 18:9-14)
    Jairus - (Luke 8:40-42,49-56)
    Calling of Levi - (Luke 5:27-31)
    Calling of 12 - (Luke 6:12-16)
    Beatitudes - (Luke 6:17-22)
    Sermon on the plain - (Luke 6:27-49)
    Anointing of Feet - (Luke 7:36-50)
    Women with Jesus - (Luke 8:1-3)
    Widow of Nain's son - (Luke 7:1-17)
    John imprisoned - (Luke 7:18-35)
    Parable of the sower - (Luke 8:1-15)
    Calming of the storm - (Luke 8:22-25)
    Legion - (Luke 8:26-39)
    Feeding 5000 - (Luke 9:10-17)
    Peter's Confession - (Luke 9:18-27)
    Transfiguration - (Luke 9:28-36)
    Demonised boy - (Luke 9:37-45)
    Lord's Prayer - (Luke 11:1-4)
    Ask & seek - (Luke 11:9-10)
    Do not worry - (Luke 12:22-31)
    Faith - (Luke 17:6)
    Teaching on Kingdom - (Luke 13:18-20)
    Money - (Luke 16:13)
    Crippled woman/Sabbath - (Luke 13:10-17)
    Rich Ruler - (Luke 18:18-30)
    More on kingdom
    Good Samaritan - (Luke 10:25-37)
    Children and Jesus - (Luke 18:15-17)
    Blind man - (Luke 18:35-42)
    Zaccheus - (Luke 19:1-10)
    Triumphal Entry - (Luke 19:28-44)
    Clearing the Temple - (Luke 19:45-48)
    Widow's mite - (Luke 21:1-4)
    Authority - (Luke 20:1-8)
    Parable of vineyard - (Luke 20:9-19)
    Tax to Ceasar - (Luke 20:20-26)
    Last Supper - (Luke 22:7-38)
    Gethsemane - (Luke 22:39-46)
    Arrest - (Luke 22:47-53)
    Sanhedrin Trial - (Luke 22:66-71)
    Peter's Denial - (Luke 22:54-62)
    Pilate 1st trial - (Luke 23:1-7)
    Before Herod - (Luke 23:8-12)
    Pilate 2nd trial - (Luke 23:13-25)
    Road to the Cross - (Luke 23:26-31)
    Crucifixion - (Luke 23:32-43)
    Death - (Luke 23:44-49)
    Women at tomb - (Luke 24:1-8)
    Apostles told - (Luke 24:9-12)
    Jesus appears - (Luke 24:36-49)
    Ascension - (Luke 24:50-52)
    A Few Notes
    1 - For a relatively short run time, this film packs in a lot large number of incidents, often by cutting parts within each story as well as excluding certain episodes. However, there is also very little time spent on developing the character of anyone but Jesus, and even his character is barely explored in the way that most films tend to examine their protagonists.

    2 - The political sections of Luke's gospel are largely expunged, in particular the more challenging verses to the rich and powerful such as the reverse beatitudes (Luke 6:23-26), sharing with those who are without (Luke 3:10-14), the six woes Luke 11:37-54). It also excludes the passage where a demonstration of Jesus's power yields only a meagre respose (The Ten Lepers of chapter 17), as well as awkward to explain passages such as the Shrewd manager of Luke 16), and the mini-apocalypse of chapter 21.

    3 - On the other hand, it is also the only Jesus film to include certain incidents such as Zaccheus, The Widow's Mite, and the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, and the Parable of the Vineyard / Wicked Tenants.

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    2 Comments:

    • At 12:01 am, June 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      There is another film about Jesus starring Brain Deacon. It is referred to as the New Media Bible: Gospel of Luke. It contains material from the Jesus film, plus an additional two hours of material not shown on the Jesus film.

       
    • At 10:16 am, July 02, 2007, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Thanks for your comment. I believe that is the the word for word version of Luke as part of the "Genesis project" (Campus Crusade for Christ also had some involvement I believe - but that's just off the top of my head).

      It is about 4 hours long IIRC.

      Matt

       

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