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Italien, 1961
Abenteuerfilm, Drama, Geschichtsfilm

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Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the ghost of the prophet for the rest of his life.

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Barabbas Regie Richard Fleischer

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

National Board of Review

1962 | Gewinner: Top Foreign Films

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1962 | 3 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Cinematography, Color


Barabbas, which has all the hallmarks of a decadent costume pageant of the Hollywood-on-the-Tiber, runaway-production, Two Weeks in Another Town era, is upon closer examination an inextricable mixture of reactionary and radical elements. The latter include the unorthodox approach to religious subject matter, Nascimbene’s experimental score, and the focus on a coarse, “unlikable protagonist”—a type so much esteemed today—who remains unreconstructed for practically the entire movie.
March 11, 2014
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By deferring Barabbas’s certainty and conversion, Lagerkvist turns his story into a parable of humankind struggling with God’s silence. Barabbas is painfully explicit on this point: “Why can’t God make himself plain?” is the leitmotif of his running dialogue with the Christian within him. It is interesting that the essential religious conviction of Lagerkvist’s story is what makes it possible for such a daring question to be posed within the prevailing ideology of the commercial film industry.
June 16, 2006
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