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#1 M. Leary

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:58 AM

I need to make a list of contemporary films in which Jesus or Jesus imagery appears. 1980 is a random place to begin a sample, but it is a fair place to draw a line.

Traditional Jesus films should be included, but I am also interested in things like Ferrara's Mary film or even Van Sant's Kobain/Jesus film. Any film in which Jesus plays an overt or structural role. What do you think?

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:04 AM

Jesus of Montreal (1989)

#3 M. Leary

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:24 AM

Last Days
Vie de Jesus
Son of Man
The Miracle Maker
Passion of the Christ
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
Dogma
Gospel of John
Hail Mary
Mary, Mother of Jesus
Gospel According to Mary
Joshua
Henry Poole is Here
The Messiah
Hamlet 2
Color of the Cross
World Trade Center
Jesus' Son
The Seventh Sign
Cammina, Cammina
The Ascent (1977 - but still one of the finest of the films I want to catalog)

Edited by M. Leary, 25 January 2012 - 11:30 AM.


#4 vjmorton

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:35 PM

I need to make a list of contemporary films in which Jesus or Jesus imagery appears. 1980 is a random place to begin a sample, but it is a fair place to draw a line.

Traditional Jesus films should be included, but I am also interested in things like Ferrara's Mary film or even Van Sant's Kobain/Jesus film. Any film in which Jesus plays an overt or structural role. What do you think?

Does Ferrara's BAD LIEUTENANT fit (I don't recall exactly the details in the church with the crucifixes).

Regardless, one movie that DOES have Our Lord take flesh upon coming down from a crucifix is last year's NEDS.

#5 M. Leary

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

Both good, thanks.

#6 vjmorton

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:13 PM

Both good, thanks.

Are you counting the simple appearances of crucifixes other than when the corpus comes to life? (I assume you are not counting other forms of papalistical idolatry as Eucharistic processions, Adoration, etc.)

Edited by vjmorton, 25 January 2012 - 03:14 PM.


#7 M. Leary

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

The characteristics are a bit nebulous. They can either be proper Jesus films, or a film in which an image of or reference to Jesus (not just a cross or crucifix or related Christian symbol) is a significant component.

#8 Ryan H.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:20 PM

It's obvious, but there's always Scorsese's LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST.

And Will Ferrell shows up as Jesus in SUPERSTAR.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

THE RETURN and THE MILL AND THE CROSS.