Vie et Passion du Christ (1903)
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Vie et Passion du Christ (Life and Passion of the Christ) is is one of the earliest feature-length narrative films, produced and released in 1903. The film portrays the events of the Gospels—from the Annunciation to the Ascension—employing only visual language (it is a silent film, with inter-titles used only to introduce the traditional title of individual scenes).
Thomas and James are joined by painter and mutual friend Matt Kirby to discuss the film, a work that bridges contemporary cinematic depictions of the Gospels with those found throughout the classical painting tradition.
Full film on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5VPWPgkT8A
Matt Kirby artwork & essays: http://www.mkkirby.com/
Theme music: The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission. https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com/
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