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The Passion of the Christ (2004)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

In Mel Gibson's popular version of the final twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life (in Aramaic and Latin with English subtitles):

  • the film's flashbacks to earlier events in Jesus' (James Caviezel) life, including the temptation in the desert, his relationship with Mary Magdalene (Monica Bellucci) (during a table-building sequence), the Sermon on the Mount, and the Last Supper
Jesus the Carpenter With Mary Magdalene
To High Priest Caiaphas: "I AM"
Jesus' First Appearance Before Pontius Pilate
Criminal Barabbas Released
Instead of Jesus
Pilate Washing His Hands ("I am innocent of this man's blood")
The Crucifixion
  • the scene of Judas Iscariot's (Luca Lionello) betrayal of Jesus to the temple priests (and guards) for a leather purse with 30 silver coins, that spilled onto the ground; later Judas failed in trying to return the blood money - and completely tormented and guilt-ridden, he hanged himself outside the city walls
  • the quiet but agonizing prayer scene of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane (Garden of Olives), including the eerie appearance of the tempting figure of Satan (portrayed androgynously) who urged Jesus to not accept the burden of suffering and dying ("Do you really believe that one man can bear the full burden of sin? No one man can carry this burden, I tell you. It is far too heavy. Saving their souls is too costly. No one. Ever. No. Never"); Jesus continued to pray: ("Oh Father, You can do all things. If it is possible, let this chalice pass from me... But let your will be done, not mine")
  • the captive Jesus (condemned as "the Nazarene troublemaker") and his appearance before High Priest Caiaphas (Mattia Sbragia) who asked: "They say you're a king. Where is this kingdom of yours? What line of kings do you descend from?...I ask you now, Jesus of Nazareth. Tell us. Are you the Messiah, the son of the living God?" Jesus replied: "I AM, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven"; Jesus was immediately accused of blasphemy
  • Jesus' first appearance before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), and after finding initial lack of guilt, Jesus was transferred to the jurisdiction of Herod Antipas, then returned for a second hearing with Pilate, who succumbed to crowd pressure and released criminal Barabbas (Pietro Sarubbi) in exchange for Jesus' crucifixion, and washed his hands of any complicity in charging Jesus to be executed ("I am innocent of this man's blood")
  • the graphic and unforgiving torture scenes of Christ that included a severe whipping and abusive mocking and scourging, the forced part-way carry of his own wooden cross to the hillside of Golgotha outside Jerusalem, a bloody crown of thorns, and the agonizing, unsparing crucifixion itself with nails driven into hands and feet

Judas' Betrayal for 30 Silver Coins

Later - Judas' Self-Hanging

Garden of Gethsemane Prayer

Appearance of Satan (as Adrogynous Figure)

Flashback: The Sermon on the Mount

Flashback: Last Supper with Disciples

Last Image: Jesus' Resurrection From Tomb (With Nail Holes in Palms)


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