Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen

There are innumerable cinematic Jesuses, most of them bland, pious, and blue-eyed — until an Italian communist decided to preach the old gospel in a new way.

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In the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, a 1951 Hollywood studio executive sets up a roundtable consultation with church leaders — a rabbi, a Catholic priest, a Greek Orthodox priest, and a Protestant minister — in preparation for their forthcoming “life of Jesus” picture Hail, Caesar! A Tale of the Christ. The studio’s goal is to make a movie acceptable […]

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