Mary of Nazareth - Maria di Nazareth
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Original Title: Maria di Nazareth
Genres: Biographical, Biblical, Religious, Drama
Director: Giacomo Campiotti
Production: Lux Vide, Bayerischer Rundfunk, BetaFilm-Tellux
Alissa Jung -> Mary of Nazareth
Andreas Pietschmann -> Jesus
Antonia Liskova -> Herodias
Marco Rulli -> John
Luca Marinelli -> Joseph
Roberto Citran -> Joachim
Marco Foschi -> John the Baptist
[size=3]Antonella Attili[/size] -> Anne
Mariano Rigillo -> Simeon
Marco Messeri -> Zechariah
Ditta Teresa Acerbis -> Elisabeth
Tony Laudadio -> Peter
How much is the plot inspired by the reality of the facts?
Director Giacomo Campiotti and screenwriter Francesco Arlanch have had to take ample narrative liberties, while remaining faithful
to what is the image that the Church attributed to the mother of Jesus.
In the imagination of the authors, Mary is also united by a strong friendship with Magdalene, that same Magdalene that everyone remembers
for having escaped the stoning for adultery thanks to the intervention of Jesus, and that after that episode he became one of the most faithful followers.
The streets of the two girls are destined, as expected, to separate soon: one will have to face the responsibilities of motherhood and marriage
with a Joseph much more reluctant than the one of tradition, the other will accept the enticements of court life and enter the sequel of the perfidious Herodias
In the beginning. We are introduced to Mary and her family, mother Ann and father Joachim. We immediately see how special she is and how God protects her even in the face of eminent danger. We feel the emotions that her parents must have felt as she was dedicated to the temple in service to the Lord. Throughout her life, there is constant element of childlike faith. Preserved by God Himself, we see Mary's faith in action, always succumbing to His will before her own.
Compare and contrast. Through the movie, we see three women's lives and the effects of their choices – Mary of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, and Herodias, daughter of Herod. We see both Mary's as friends in the beginning, but soon see the vast difference of journeys each takes. Our Lady, whose life is in complete service to God, and Magdalene, who seeks validation and self-worth through domination and lust. After a lifetime of debauchery, she shows up at Christ's feet like a war-torn soldier with nothing left to give. She uses what little energy she has left to completely surrender to Him after He challenges those without sin to cast the first stone in the face of what is certain death. Herodias, on the other hand, remains a cold and vindictive person whose heart is hardened by the very mention of Jesus. Her reaction to Christ parallels the hardness of heart we see in the pharaoh of Moses’ time. We see Magdalene reclaim her femininity by wearing modest apparel – we see this change in her demeanour and appearance go from a haggard, chewed up and spit out by society look to someone who suddenly has the glow of Christ and embodies the forgiveness we all crave as sinners.
Shame and humiliation. Throughout Jesus’ life, we know that He accepted a life of worldly humiliation for the sake of paying our debt. We also know that He could have chosen not to feel the pain of the Cross, but freely chose to, out of love for us. Likewise, we see the shame and humiliation that Mary must have felt throughout her life. Although she always placed her trust and care in God's loving hands, the reality of her situation was, indeed, difficult – carrying a child out of wedlock, enduring the stares, silent and not-so silent gossip whenever she was around, the embarrassment the families faced on their wedding day, even when it seems as though Jesus publicly repudiates Mary. Each stage of her life, we see how Mary responds to the humiliation with perfect and total trust in God's plan.
Humour and humanity. This movie delivers when it comes to humour. When Mary arrives to visit her cousin Elizabeth, Zechariah opens the door, but fails to answer Mary's greeting because of his own misgivings from months prior. We also see Joseph do what every father does when their child has come into the world – count toes! When the shepherds arrive to adore the Messiah, Mary is all too quick to hand over the Anointed One, but Joseph has a look of near panic on his face. It's easy to imagine what he must have been feeling as the one chosen by God to be a protector of both Mary and Jesus!
Movie Quality: DVD9
Size: 7833 Mb
Languages: Italian Ac3 5.1
Runtime: 100 min. + 101
Aspect Ratio: 16:9