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John M. Kelly Library & Archives

Movies: Bible on Film

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BS2410 .A2 2004 DVD
6 hours; released 1985.
A dramatic portrayal of events from the Book of Acts. Starring Susan Sarandon, James Mason and Ava Gardner.

Acts: The Visual Bible

Acts: The Visual Bible

BS2623 .N37 2007 DVD
197 minutes.
A dramatic portrayal of the Book of Acts presented word-for-word using the New International Version translation.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Amahl and the Night Visitors

M1500 .M56 A5 2000 VHS
60 minutes; released 1978.
Gian Carlo Menotti's opera about a poor crippled boy and his devoted mother, who are visited by three kings on their way to Bethlehem.

The Apocalypse

The Apocalypse

BS2825.55 .A66 2004 DVD
96 minutes; released 2002.
Imprisoned by the Romans in 90 A.D., the elderly apostle John fights to save Christianity from extinction by sending letters to Christian communities. He gives his written visions--which form the Book of Revelation--to a fervent Christian so she can spread his message.

Barabbas

Barabbas

PT9875 .L2 B322 2002 DVD
137 minutes; released 1961.
Pardoned instead of Christ, Barabbas returns to thievery and jail. He endures sulphur mines and gladiator school. He watches friends die for their faith in Jesus. All this time, Barabbas is haunted by the prophet who died instead of him. Based on the novel by Pr Lagerkvist. Starring Anthony Quinn. Directed by Richard Fleischer.

Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

PS3134 .B42 2001 DVD
212 minutes; released 1959.
A Jewish prince in first-century A.D. Palestine is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend; he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Based on the novel by Lew Wallace. Starring Charlton Heston.

David and Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba

BS580 .D3 D394 2006 DVD
116 minutes; released 1951.
A gripping retelling of the story of King David's adulterous love for a married woman, and the devastation it brings upon the Kingdom of Israel. Starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward.

The Decalogue = Dekalog

The Decalogue = Dekalog

PN1997 .D44 2003 DVD
10 episodes, 55 minutes each; released 1987.
Krzysztof Kieslowski's series of ten dramas each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments. In Polish with English subtitles.

The Emigrant

The Emigrant

BS 580 .J6 E45 2004 DVD
123 minutes; released 1994.
An Egyptian re-telling of the story of Joseph and his brothers. Directed by Youssef Chahine.

Falling Fire

Falling Fire

BS 2589 .F35 2002 DVD 135 minutes; released 2002.
A film version of the Book of Acts.

The Fourth Wise Man

The Fourth Wise Man

PN1997 .F58 2002z DVD
72 minutes; released 1985.
Set in ancient Persia, a wealthy doctor embarks on a spiritual and physical journey to find the newly born Messiah.

From the Manger to the Cross

From the Manger to the Cross

BT301 .V5 2003 DVD
71 minutes; released 1912.
An early silent film version of the life of Christ filmed in Palestine.

Genesis

Genesis

BS1235.6 .G42 2003 DVD
102 minutes; released 1999.
The Biblical story of Jacob and Esau told from an African perspective. In Bambara with English subtitles.

The Gift of Peace

The Gift of Peace

BT310 .G53 1987 DVD
57 minutes; released 1987.
Leonardo Defilippis' one-man performance of the first six chapters of the Gospel of St. Luke.

Godspell

Godspell

M1500 .S399 G6 2000 DVD
103 minutes; released 1973.
A modern musical version of the gospels in which John the Baptist gathers a group of young New Yorkers to follow and learn from Jesus.

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew = Il Vangelo secondo Matteo

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew = Il Vangelo secondo Matteo

BT301.2 .P377 2003 DVD
142 minutes; released 1964.
In his second feature, in which he presents the life, death and teachings of Jesus Christ, Pasolini attempts to take Christ out of the opulent church and present him as an outcast Italian peasant. Starring Enrique Irazoqui. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

BS2615.54 .G6 2003 DVD
3 discs, 280 minutes; released 2003.
A faithful and powerful dramatization of the biblical text. Starring Henry Ian Cusick and narrated by Christopher Plummer.

The Gospel Road

The Gospel Road

BT301.2 .G57 2005 DVD
83 minutes; released 1973.
Johnny Cash narrates the story of Jesus. Featuring songs by Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told

PN1997 .G686 2001 DVD
199 minutes; released 1965.
George Stevens' monumental adaptation of the story of Jesus Christ. Starring Max von Sydow. In English or French, with optional French or Spanish subtitles.

How to Get Blessed Without Sneezing

How to Get Blessed Withoug Sneezing

BT382 .H68 1994 VHS
28 minutes; released 1994.
Imagine Jesus' followers' surprise when he began the Sermon on the Mount by telling him that the blessed were actually the poor, the mourning, and the persecuted! Today we're still searching to find out what the Beatitudes mean in our lives. This unique video is a "mini-series" of eight short fables, each based on one of the Beatitudes.

In the Beginning

In the Beginning

BS573 .I537 2000 DVD
168 minutes; released 2000.
A dramatization of the life of Abraham, his people and his faith.

Jesus

Jesus

BT301.2 .J45 1999 DVD
174 minutes; released 1999.
A CBS television miniseries, which emphasizes the human side of Jesus Christ. Starring Jeremy Sisto.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

PN1997 .J437 1999 DVD
107 minutes; released 1973.
An interpretation of the last weeks of Christ's life. Based on the rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Starring Ted Neeley. In English or French.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

PN1997 .J437 2001 DVD
112 minutes; released 2000.
An interpretation of the last weeks of Christ's life. Based on the rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Starring Glenn Carter. In English or French.

Jesus of Montreal = Jesus de Montreal

Jesus of Montreal = Jesus de Montreal

PN1997 .J438 2004 DVD
119 minutes; released 1989.
A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile the actors' lives begin to mirror the Passion itself. In English or French, with optional English subtitles.

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

PN1997 .J44 1977 DVD
382 minutes; released 1977.
Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Brings to life all the majesty and sweeping drama of the life of Jesus.

Joseph of Nazareth

Joseph of Nazareth

BS2458 .J68 2009 DVD
100 minutes; released 2000.
The story of Joseph the carpenter, loving husband of Mary. Starring Tobias Moretti.

King David

King David

BS580 .D3 K564 2003 DVD
113 minutes; released 1985.
A shepherd boy rises to the throne of ancient Israel. Starring Richard Gere.

King of Kings

King of Kings

PN1997 .K553 2004 DVD
267 minutes (2 discs); released 1927.
Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, this telling of the life of Christ is both spectacular and reverent. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

King of Kings

King of Kings

PN1997 .K55 2003 DVD
171 minutes; released 1961.
A feature-length movie dramatization of the life of Christ. Directed by Nicholas Ray

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ

PA5610 .K39 T4132 2000 DVD
163 minutes; released 1988.
Martin Scorsese's controversial feature-film based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.

The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ

The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ

BT301 .V5 2003 DVD
44 minutes; released 1905.
An early silent film version of the life of Christ.

The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ

The Life of Christ

BT303 .L543 1992 DVD
270 minutes; released 1957.
Three feature films dramatically portray Christs life: His early life (The Savior), His Passion and Resurrection (The Redeemer) and His Ascension (The Master).

The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ

The Life of Christ: Mysteries of the Rosary

BT303 .L54 1985 DVD
300 minutes; released 1957.
The powerfully compelling Gospel stories come to life in fifteen 20-minute segments aligned with the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Mary: Mother of Jesus

Mary: Mother of Jesus

BT 605.2 .M379 2003 DVD
91 minutes; released 1999.
A portrayal of Mary's undying and steadfast love for her son. Starring Pernilla August and Christian Bale.

Matthew : The Visual Bible

Matthew: The Visual Bible

BS 2573 M37 1999 DVD
4 hours
A dramatic portrayal of the Gospel of Saint Matthew presented word-for-word using the New International Version translation.

The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled

The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled

BT296 .M4 2003 DVD
50 minutes; released 2002.
A dramatic Gospel presentation of the birth of Christianity, showing how one Rabbi becomes a follower of Yeshua of Nazareth. Now his greatest challenge is to convince his loved ones that the long awaited Messiah Son of David has finally come.

The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus

The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus

BT 302 .M57 1999 DVD
87 minutes; released 2000.
The story of Jesus in animation featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Julie Christie, Richard E. Grant, William Hurt, and Miranda Richardson.

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The Nativity Story

PN1995.9 .J4 N385 2007 DVD
101 minutes; released 2006.
The story of the Nativity, emphasizing Mary and Joseph's enduring faith amidst King Herod's campaign of slaughter. Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar Isaac.

Parables of Jesus

Parables of Jesus

BT375.3 .P365 2006 DVD
58 minutes
Seven short dramas portraying the following parables: the Good Samaritan, the Unmerciful Servant, the Treasure and the Pearl, the Lost Son, the Midnight Visitor, the Dinner, the Manager.

The Passion

The Passion

BT431.3 .P377 2003 DVD
90 minutes; released 2003.
Filmed live at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, this one-man performance dramatizes Christ's arduous journey to Calvary. Music composed by Eric Genuis. Starring, and directed by, Doug Barry.

The Passion

The Passion, by Radix

BT431.3 .P37756 2008 DVD
60 minutes; released 2008.
An energetic Catholic musical-drama troupe performs the Passion of Jesus.

The Passion

The Passion According to Saint Luke

PN6120 .J35 P37 1987 DVD
51 minutes; released 1987.
Leonardo Defilippis' dramatic performance of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ

PN1997.2 .P37 2004 DVD(widescreen)
PN1997.2 .P37 2004b DVD(fullscreen)
PN1997.2 .P37 2006 DVD(widescreen)
126 minutes; released 2004.
This film depicts Jesus Christ's final twelve hours, from meditation in the Garden of Gethsemane to his betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection. Starring James Caviezel. Directed by Mel Gibson.

Path of Jesus

The Path of Jesus

BT301.3 .P37 2007 DVD
66 minutes
Seven short dramatic presentations: the Christmas story, the temptation, Jesus and the Pharisees, the Pharisee and the tax collector, the decision, the absent king, the new covenant.

Patientis Christi Memoria: The Memory of the Suffering Christ

BX3706.3 .J47 2006 DVD
50 minutes
A 2002 performance of this recently re-discovered 1685 chamber opera by Johann Bernhard Staudt set at Christ's tomb before His Resurrection.

Paul the Emissary

Paul the Emissary

BS2506.3 .P38 2004 DVD
54 minutes; released 1998.
A dramatic presentation about Saint Paul the Apostle. Starring Garry Cooper.

People Who Met Jesus

People Who Met Jesus

BS571 .P45 2003 DVD (Series I)
BS571 .P46 2001z DVD (Series II)
50 minutes each
Sixteen short dramas about people in the Gospels who encountered Jesus: Simon Peter, Matthew, the centurion, the woman at the well, the nobleman, Jairus, the rich young ruler, Nicodemus, Zacchaues, the man born blind, Annas, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate, Joseph of Arimathea.

Peter and Paul

Peter and Paul

BS2510 .P48 2002z DVD
194 minutes; released 1981.
A televison mini-series dramatization of events from the lives of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Robert Foxworth.

The Revolutionary

The Revolutionary

BT301.2 .R486 2003 DVD
97 minutes
Pivotal events from the life of Christ.

The Robe

The Robe

PN1997 .R57 2001 DVD
135 minutes; released 1953.
A dramatization of Lloyd C. Douglas' novel about a Roman centurion converted to Christianity. Starring Richard Burton.

The Robe

The Story of David

BS580 .D3 S86 2009 DVD
191 minutes; released 1976.
The story of the young shepherd boy who rew up to be King of Israel. Starring Timothy Bottoms and Jane Seymour.

The Robe

The Story of Jacob and Joseph

BS580 .J3 S767 2000 DVD
96 minutes; released 1974.
The story of two fraternal conflicts: Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers.

The Story of Ruth

The Story of Ruth

BS1315.3 .S767 2006 DVD
131 minutes; released 1960.
A dramatization of the biblical book of the same name about a pagan woman who converts to Judaism, marries a Jew, but then is widowed and suffers tremendous hardship.

Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

PN 1997 T3498 2004 DVD
220 minutes; released 1956.
Cecil B. DeMille's classic film - the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), who turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.

The Ten Commandments: The Comeplete Miniseries

The Ten Commandments: The Complete Miniseries

PN1992.77 .T46 2006 DVD
176 minutes; released 2005.
The child Moses escapes death as a child and is raised in an Egyptian household until he discovers his true heritage and becomes the leader and liberator of the Hebrew people.