After reading the Robe and following along with such great men as Peter and Stephanos and taking a front row seat at some of the most famous and powerful moments of Jesus's life such as the feeding of the 5000, healing the woman with the issue of blood of 12 years, and Jesus rebuking the temple for its evilness and treachery I no longer feel this distance between myself and these great times and people of the past. My mother and I read this book sitting on a quilt pallet out in the heat with a pitcher of iced lemonade in the summer in Brookshire, Texas. As far as acting goes, Burton is only out done by a fun, campy performance by Jay Robinson as the mad Caligula. The Robe had a 1954 sequel. The catalyst for all this is his possession of Christ's robe that was won by drawing lots.
He astonished first Demetrius, then Marcellus, and finally Diana. Marcellus rides into Jerusalem with the Paulus on the same day as Jesus's triumphal entry on. I was really seeing it for the first time, through the eyes of an adult. The relationship between Marcelles and Demetrius was so perfectly done. As was sometimes the case where critical assessments were concerned, mine differed greatly from his in this instance. If you do that sort of thing in a good book.
Douglas imagines what impact such an event could have had on that soldier's life, how he couldn't just pass off the event as an ordinary execution, how he was determined to learn more about Jesus, how he struggled to accept the things he heard, but eventually couldn't turn back. Except for the dusty sandals part. A few unflattering stereotypes of both peoples are employed, while their virtues are lauded. He is sent to the fort at Minoa with his slave Demetrius, to take command. The change in Tiberius' personality is one inaccurate aspect to the movie as is the fact that the Empress Julia had already been banished by her father Augustus Caesar, and long dead before the events of this story take place. Jeff Chandler was originally announced for the role of Demetrius.
When he finds some Christians and learns what they are really teaching, however, he becomes one. It traces how the crucifixion affects him and his family--first Marcellus is appalled; acting crazy; resentful and so on. I was happy to see the movie again after so many years. People of any creed should be able to enjoy that. Weaving a tale of conversion throughout the historical persecutions endured by the early Christian, this movie captures their devotion to faith and courage of conviction.
Why do you think he allowed the man to live? I like how it humanized the early church. For instance, The Ten Commandments both DeMille versions, silent and sound have got to be the funnest m Upfront disclosure: I am not a Christian, and am not convinced in the divinity of Christ blah blah blah. It was directed by , an Australian who seems to specialize in films about cultures in conflict. As a Catholic, the Protestant undercurrent in the book sometimes annoyed me. For example, when Marcellus crosses paths with a man that tells him of Jesus' arrest, there is a dramatic bolt of lightning and crack of thunder underscored by bombastic chords as the man tells Marcellus his identity. This particular soldier is the one who engaged in casting lots a dice game for the robe of Jesus and won.
Caligula condemns Marcellus to death by the wish of the members of the audience, based on what they have heard. The book is quickest in pace at the beginning and the end, with a large slower period in the middle while Marcellus travels through Israel learning about the life of Jesus. The Robe will enthrall any reader who gives it a chance. They felt like real people. Greeley, who is a Catholic priest and bestselling author himself, wrote an introduction to the book which echoed some of my own thoughts.
Paulus, humiliated by his defeat, orders the soldiers to leave. The Robe: Special Edition is also available on Blu-ray, featuring all the above-mentioned bonus materials. Quite a bit of the film was shot beautifully outside while other times some outdoor scenes were filmed in studio, with a painted backdrop. Marcellus travels to Palestine, seeking to ingratiate himself with Justus , a weaver in Cana, and the Christian community that he leads. Reading this powerful piece of literature moved me in ways that no other book but the Bible has ever moved me. Marcellus is separated from his true love Diana and sent to the most unpopular outpost in the empire, Jerusalem. Peter invites Marcellus to join Demetrius and him as missionaries.
First of all, I have to say I'm not particularly religious. He even reprised his role for the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954. Beautifully written and thought provoking, I found myself often pondering some of the discussions in the story. Time and again Demetrius turned down his freedom because Marcellus still needed him. All of the accounts are what we've read about in the New Testament all our lives, but the fictional stories of how those teachings changed the lives of humble people in forsaken villages in a forsaken countryside made me understand how Christianity spread the world over, regardless of the Romans trying to squelch it out and how the influence of a few compassionate acts can slowly, quietly change mankind for generations exponentially. The book takes us on his journey of turmoil, denial, faith, discovery and discipleship of Christ and the beginning of the Christian religion.
Demetrius gives the robe to Marcellus, who refuses to touch it. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set against the vividly limned background of ancient Rome. He takes her to the guard room where a captured Demetrius is being tortured. Marcellus arrives just as Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Last Supper. Starting his search in Galilee, our hero begins to learn the teachings of Jesus. When I began listening to this, I was not expecting to love it this much. It treats the whole story of Jesus with respect, and chronicles a very realistic journey from Roman skeptic to Christian.