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Vie et Passion du Christ (1903)

By Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 18, 2020 | In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

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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.

Links

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/

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is a stage, film, and voice actor based in New York City, holding a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. He is the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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