The Life of Jesus: The Gospel of John – 2003 – English
Film directed in 2003 by Philip Saville, and starring Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Christopher Plummer…
Synopsis: The story of Jesus’ life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.
The Life of Jesus is a 2003 Canadian company, Visual Bible International, production. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel according to John, written sometime during the first century.
The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony of disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and the crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration.
The Gospel of John was shown in a special presentation at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.
The Gospel of John was written two generations after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is established at a time when the Roman Empire controlled Jerusalem.
Although crucifixion was the preferred Roman method of punishment, it was not one sanctioned by Jewish law.
Jesus and all of his early followers were Jews.
The Gospel reflects a period of unprecedented controversy and antagonism between the emerging church and the religious establishment of the Jewish people.