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    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


    Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Il figlio dell'uomo - Scene Guide

    One of the films I mentioned in last week's list of Italian Jesus Films is 1954's Il figlio dell'uomo. My review is here, but I noted down the various scenes as I was watching it, so I thought I'd post these as a separate scene guide. If you're a detail-y kind of person (and we love them round here), then here's how I use citations in scene guides. Please note. The only version of this film I've been able to find is this online one, and there are no English subtitles.
    Creation and fall (Gen 2-3)*
    Annunciation (Luke 2:1-3; Luke 1:26-38)
    Birth of Jesus (Luke 4:21; Matt 2:11).
    John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-11)
    Teaching on Revenge (Matt 6:38-42)
    Healing a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)
    Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)
    Teaching about the law (Matt 5:17-20)
    Bread of Life (John 6:25-59)
    Plot to kill Jesus (Mark 14:1-2)
    Question about marriage (Mark 10:1-12)
    Calling the 12 (Mark 3:13-19)
    Jesus predicts his death (Mark 10:32-34)
    Triumphal entry (Mark 11:1-11)
    Clearing temple (Mark 11:15-19)
    Last Supper (Mark 14:12-31)
    Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-50)
    Sanhedrin Trial (Mark 14:53-59)
    Peter's denial (Mark 14:66-72)
    Jesus is beaten & spat on (Mark 14:61-65)
    Pilate 1st trial (Mark 15:1-5)
    In front of Herod (Luke 23:6-12)
    Pilate 2nd Trial (Mark 15:6-15)
    Jesus whipped & mocked (Mark 15:15-20)
    Crucifixion (Mark 15:21-41)
    Resurrection (Luke 24:9)
    Mary & the gardener (John 20:11-18)
    Breakfast on the beach (John 21:12-19)
    Ascension (Luke 24:50-53)
    A Few Notes
    The film's opening credits are shown over various close ups of the people who will be playing some of the characters in the story, but once the film-proper starts then we see a close up of a Bible open on Genesis 2. There are then a number of intertitles, which only occur at the start of the film, with citations as follows:
    *Gen 2:7; Gen 2:25; Gen 3:1; Gen 3:22.

    At two points in the film, a few passages are mixed together. The first is during the healing of the paralytic. This is immediately preceded by Jesus being crowded by people needing healing. This occurs at various points in the gospels, and what happens here is a bit of a conglomeration, so I've gone for the reference in Mark 2:1 to cover that. We then go inside the house where the healing will occur where Jesus teaches on revenge (Matt 6:38-42) which is interrupted by the man's friends breaking through the ceiling.

    I've put Jesus's death and crucifixion all down as Mark 15:21-41, but the sequence draws on a number of different gospels to include six of the phrases Jesus said on the cross. "Father forgive them" (Luke 23:34), "Today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43), "Why have you forsaken me" (Mark 15:34); "Woman, your son..." (John 19:26-27), "I thirst" (John 19:28), "Into your hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46). Having said that, my Italian is not brilliant and the sound quality here is pretty poor, so I'm not 100% certain the first one is there, nor that "It is finished" is absent.

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