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 Post subject: The Greatest Story Ever Told
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:39 am 
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Directed by: George Stevens
Production year: 1965
Starring: Max Von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston


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George Stevens' epic production. "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?" It is towards this climactic crossroads that the story of Jesus of Nazareth leads, and to which, at the final moment, it again looks back in triumphant retrospect. It is the anguishing crossroads where the eternal questions of faith and doubt become resolved.

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 Post subject: Re: The Greatest Story Ever Told
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THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD is another Heston movie that the critics love to abuse, but I think its a beautifully made film with some great performances. Heston and Max Von Sydow are the obvious standouts in an all star cast. Everyone mocks the John Wayne crucifixion sequence at the end, but the scene really touched me. Wayne says "Truly this man was the son of God" in a harrowing but enlightened tone, as he watches Christ on the cross. Strangely enough, Wayne became a Catholic just before his death, after marrying three Catholic Latin ladies.


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I don't remember what Chuck said about this film in his book. Anyone know what he felt with the finished product and his part in it?

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 Post subject: Re: The Greatest Story Ever Told
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In "THE FILMS OF CHARLTON HESTON" Jeff Rovin wrote (p143):

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In this film, Heston's role is that of John the Baptist.....
The performance is a good one, better than that of Robert Ryan in the 1961 Bronston film, King of Kings, but still too reverent, as the rest of the film. Many critics found director George Stevens' style too measured, too fully steeped in pontifical respect to be effective, while others ignored this and liken the film's visual beauty instead to that of a Renaissance painting....


Heston mentioned about the water was 'very cold' in his Journal (The Actor's Life) and also in the interview recorded in the dvd.
In The Actor's Life: 1959-p159 , he wrote:
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....This was very difficult to do during the several days I spent standing waist-deep in the Colorado River baptizing Max von Sydow. The Colorado River that Novermber was no place to linger... it got down in the forties every morning. At the end of one trying day, George noticed
my discomfort and asked me how I felt. "I'm OK, as cold as the Colorado, Christianity would never have got off the ground"....


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:lol: Thanks for the info, CHfan2010!

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 Post subject: Re: The Greatest Story Ever Told
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Has anybody been watching the excellent series on BBC2 about the American Dream? This weeks final programme concerned the many different religions (some very bizarre) in the States. Pat Boone was interviewed and a clip from THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD was shown. Pat Boone actually said that saying those few lines in the movie was the greatest moment of his whole career!


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A clip of 'Repent'



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I think Charlton Heston's performance is not only outstanding... in fact he transcended himself. He ceased to be an actor playing a role, but I feel he became the Baptist at his heart. His look was so changed, his whole figure and manner were so much convincing as the self-sacrificing, comfort denying Judaic hero just before Christ, that one might wonder at the range of his talent. As for Max Von Sydow, he tried to do well... but his face somehow doesn't impress me as Jesus' face(that's my opinion, anyhow). And my one complain about the movie: the rebirth of Lazarus and some other miracles could have been shown more clearly. (I invited some friends to watch it, and they couldn't understand what's happening. Not that they were all ridiculously ignorant of Christianity, we Indians in general are respectful of all religions but you can't expect that everybody in the world will know all incidents of the Bible by heart.)

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 Post subject: Re: The Greatest Story Ever Told
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I just read about this in the biography on Heston by Michael Munn: in the intro, the author recounts a short interview he did with Heston in 1976; Munn asked him about Heston's first directing effort, which was not ANTONY & CLEOPATRA; Heston confirmed that he did direct one scene in THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD - the scene of when the Baptist is arrested. Of course, Heston is uncredited for this and I don't know the circumstances of how or why Heston had to direct that scene - maybe it's explained later in the book. But, it's an interesting, obscure bit of trivia.


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