An ambitious adaptation of the gospels which does follow the dominant (if inaccurate) European-Caucasian representation of Jesus. The scope of the mise-en-scene is astonishing, Zeffirelli's direction is meticulous in its detail. For better or worse, it remains the most renowned cinematic depiction of the life of Jesus.
Biblical epic that try to go through the entire life and deeds of Jesus Christ. Robert Powell has a supernatural look over his performance as Jesus and Olivia Hussey is so beautiful that she could have been a stand-in model for an old oil-painting of the Madonna, but most of the rest of the cast lack personality or are just celebrity cameos. I did like that they did the ending ambiguous and open for interpretation.
Far too ambitious to survive its flaws, Zeffirelli's magnum opus may lack cinematic bravura yet it is not without virtues. The stellar cast delivers pleasures (Steiger is impeccable as Pilate) and Powell's Christ transcends any Pythonesque satire in the conviction and power with which the utopia of the oppressed is lived in the culminating sequences of crucifixion. Still resonant.