The Passion of the Veritas

“If you will not hear the truth, no one can tell you.”

Summary

The Passion of the Christ (February 25, 2004)

Release Date: February 25, 2004
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 127 min
Original Title: The Passion of the Christ
Production Companies: Icon Productions
A graphic portrayal of the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life.

Cast The Passion of the Christ

  • Jim Caviezel
  • Role: Jesus
  • Maia Morgenstern
  • Role: Mary
  • Christo Jivkov
  • Role: John
  • Francesco De Vito
  • Role: Peter
  • Monica Bellucci
  • Role: Magdalen
  • Mattia Sbragia
  • Role: Caiphas
  • Toni Bertorelli
  • Role: Annas
  • Luca Lionello
  • Role: Judas Iscariot
  • Hristo Shopov
  • Role: Pontius Pilate
  • Claudia Gerini
  • Role: Claudia Procles
  • Fabio Sartor
  • Role: Abenader
  • Giacinto Ferro
  • Role: Joseph of Arimathea
  • Olek Mincer
  • Role: Nicodemus
  • Sheila Mokhtari
  • Role: Woman in Audience
  • Lucio Allocca
  • Role: Old Temple Guard
  • Paco Reconti
  • Role: Whipping Guard
  • Adel Bakri
  • Role: Temple Guard
  • Luciano Dragone
  • Role: Second Man
  • Adel Ben Ayed
  • Role: Thomas
  • Franco Costanzo
  • Role: Accuser
  • Lino Salemme
  • Role: Accuser
  • Emanuele Gullotto
  • Role: Accuser
  • Francesco De Rosa
  • Role: Accuser
  • Maurizio Di Carmine
  • Role: Elder
  • Francesco Gabriele
  • Role: Elder
  • Angelo Di Loreta
  • Role: Elder
  • Federico Pacifici
  • Role: Elder
  • Roberto Santi
  • Role: Elder
  • Giovanni Vettorazzo
  • Role: Elder
  • Ted Rusoff
  • Role: Elder
  • Tom Shaker
  • Role: Eyepatch
  • Andrea Coppola
  • Role: Grizzled Beard
  • Romuald Klos
  • Role: Roman Soldier
  • Giuseppe Lo Console
  • Role: Roman Soldier
  • Dario D'Ambrosi
  • Role: Roman Soldier
  • Luciano Federico
  • Role: Man in Audience
  • Domenico Capalbo
  • Role: Boy
  • Valerio Esposito
  • Role: Boy
  • Antonello Iacovone
  • Role: Boy
  • Nicola Tagarelli
  • Role: Boy
  • Ivan Gaudiano
  • Role: Boy
  • Chokri Ben Zagden
  • Role: James
  • Roberto Bestazzoni
  • Role: Malchus
  • Luca De Dominicis
  • Role: King Herod Antipas
  • Pietro Sarubbi
  • Role: Barabbas
  • Abel Jafri
  • Role: 2nd Temple Officer
  • Lello Giulivo
  • Role: Brutish Roman
  • Emilio De Marchi
  • Role: Scornful Roman
  • Roberto Visconti
  • Role: Scornful Roman
  • Sergio Rubini
  • Role: Disma
  • Aleksander Mincer
  • Role: Nicodemus
  • Francesco Cabras
  • Role: Gesmas
  • Andrea Refuto
  • Role: Young Jesus
  • Giovanni Capalbo
  • Role: Cassius
  • Matt Patresi
  • Role: Janus
  • Sabrina Impacciatore
  • Role: Seraphia
  • Daniela Poti
  • Role: Young Girl
  • Jarreth J. Merz
  • Role: Simon of Cyrene
  • Noemi Marotta
  • Role: Woman
  • Rossella Longo
  • Role: Woman
  • Davide Marotta
  • Role: Baby
  • Rosalinda Celentano
  • Role: Satan
  • Danilo Di Ruzza
  • Role: Pilate's Servant
  • Vincenzo Monti
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Danilo Maria Valli
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Nuot Arquint
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Abraam Fontana
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Valerio Isidori
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Paulo dos Santos
  • Role: Herod's Boy
  • Arianna Vitolo
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Gabriella Barbuti
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Ornella Giusto
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Michelle Bonev
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Lucia Stara
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Evelina Meghnagi
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Francis Dokyi
  • Role: Herod's Servant

Trailer The Passion of the Christ

I saw “The Passion of the Christ” a few weeks ago, and I’m just now processing the imagery. In a word: Wow. I’m very excited about the film. The artistry of it (not to take away from the message) is sheer brilliance. It’s quite an elegant interpretation. To see the burden of the Cross in flashback with the triumphant palm branch entrance is a stroke of genius. Likewise, to see Christ’s sympathy for the woman accused of adultery, and then the roles reversed as the same woman gazes up at Jesus on the cross of her sin. Powerful stuff.

The performances were stunning, all working with so little dialog. A film of such poignancy is such a long way from the “Omega Code” corner of Christian filmmaking.

One note is that this sort of film helps almost requires prior knowledge of its subject matter to have a more complete understanding of the symbolism. There is a decided lack of context for much of the story and characters. This was intentional, as the film portrays only this portion of Christ’s ministry. Roger Ebert’s review sums it up better than I can.

One thing is for certain, not matter what your religious or spiritual background: everyone must make a decision about this man. Whether conscious or not, whether pro or con, as Dylan would say,

You gotta serve somebody

Perhaps you conclude that the man named Yeshua was indeed a God-man hybrid, or just a hoax propagated by Paul and the early Church. Maybe you don’t give a damn about him and his message or if he even existed. One way or another, you have to decide what to do with him.

I recommend the film, but be prepared for harrowing visceral experience.

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