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“The Greatest Story Ever Told” Officially.

March 25, 2016



On Good Fridays, I tend to look out for this.  And it’s kind of big so it’s easy to spot. George Stevens is credited with ruining the idea of the biblical epic for an entire generation, until it was revived in a grislier form by Mel Gibson.

The cameo appearance of John Wayne is legendary.  The story goes that Wayne, playing the one-line centurion role delivered the sentence “Truly this was the Son of God” in less than convincing fashion and Stevens urged him on a second take to ‘give it awe’ – resulting in an unused version where Wayne declares “Awwww – truly this was the Son of God.”

The sheer number of big name cameos in this movie, makes it an odd film that feels both elongated and yet congested at one and the same time.

There’s a long-standing convention that the Simon of Cyrene who helped Christ carry…

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