• Bible Films Blog

    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Nativity News vol.16

    I finally get to see The Nativity Story this afternoon, and so thought I would have a last minute hunt for extra information.

    Over at FilmChat there are a number of different pieces on the film since I last blogged about the film.

    Firstly, he notes how there seems to be a move in some quarters to stir up controversy over Kaisha Castle-Hughes' alleged pregnancy. I say alleged because on Saturday I got an anonymous comment from someone claiming both that they were a friend of Castle-Hughes and that she is not pregnant. Make of that what you will. It's unclear from the interview snippets that Peter includes whether or not producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are simply going on media reports, or direct information from Castle-Hughes herself. I have no idea how much contact they would have with each other after the film has wrapped, particularly if Castle-Hughes is not contractually obliged to be part of the film's promotional material.

    Secondly, he finds that both Time and Variety are desperately in need of fact checkers. Variety's error actually comes in their (early posted) review of the film, by Todd McCarthy who finds The Nativity Story as disappointing as he found Color of the Cross. Time's article is more of a standard preview affair

    Peter also looks at the age difference between Joseph and Mary in comparison to Marianne and Col. Brandon in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility.

    Elsewhere Mark Moring has interviewed Oscar Isaac (who plays Joseph) for Christianity Today Movies. As I mentioned a week or two back, prior to this interview there have been very few interviews with the cast for this film, so it's good to her one with one of the two leads.

    There is also an article on the film at the LA Times.

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