1999 ~ Mary, Mother of Jesus (as Jesus of Nazareth)

Starring Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Geraldine Chaplin, David Threlfall

Director Kevin Connor Screenwriter: Albert Ross
Country USA
Running time 120 min.
Language English
Filming locations Budapest, Hungary
Company HCC Happy Crew Company
Info & Plot

Mary, Mother of Jesus is a made-for-television Biblical film that retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, his mother. It stars Pernilla August as Mary, David Threlfall as Joseph (his legal guardian, not father) and Christian Bale as Jesus. The film was produced by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It aired November 14, 1999 on NBC. The film emphasizes Mary’s importance in Jesus’s life, suggesting that his parables were inspired by stories she told him in his childhood. This, and similar details about Jesus’s upbringing, cannot be confirmed, but are certainly not impossible. The resurrected Jesus also appears to his mother privately. This event is not found in the Gospels, but is probably based on an ancient Catholic tradition (not official teaching) that he appeared to her first of all people. The tradition influenced Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises among others. The movie closes with Mary suggesting the disciples should start preaching about her son.

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