Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus’ homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event.
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Another leaden variation on the Sunday School with only Newman's overblown score holding the attention. A first for Cinemascope, although sadly not the last for these lumps of musty cod-history which lumbered on for another decade or so in ever widening screen formats but no greater insight (look to Pasolini's Gospel According to St. Matthew for that).
I still prefer the total absence of research and ideas of a Koster, who seems hardly bothered by CinemaScope and who proves thereby, no doubt quite involuntarily, that in effect everything is possible. Here we have an example of how a mise en scene which is conventional to the point of parody, and stupid in places, acquires an added dimension simply through the anamorphic lens - breadth and nothing more - and (cont.)