Behold the Man

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Golgotha is a 1935 French film about the death of Jesus Christ, released in English-speaking countries as Behold the Man. The film was directed by Julien Duvivier, and stars Harry Baur as Herod, Jean Gabin as Pontius Pilate, and Robert Le Vigan plays... read more

Golgotha is a 1935 French film about the death of Jesus Christ, released in English-speaking countries as Behold the Man. The film was directed by Julien Duvivier, and stars Harry Baur as Herod, Jean Gabin as Pontius Pilate, and Robert Le Vigan plays Christ. In 1935, the film opened in France, and in 1937 in United States and played throughout Europe. However, the British Board of Film Censors "would not allow British eyes to see it." Le Vigan's performance marks the first direct portrayal of Christ in a sound film. For the most part, Jesus is shown from a respectful distance as was also the case in Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, or The Robe, but there are also a few closer shots and even close-ups. The National Board of Review named the film the sixth best foreign film of 1937. The score for the movie was composed by French composer Jacques Ibert.

Original Release

01/01/1935

Cast

Directors

Julien Duvivier

Writers

Julien Duvivier

Cast

Harry Baur Hérode
Robert Le Vigan Jésus Christ
Charles Granval Caïphe
Jean Gabin Ponce Pilate
André Bacqué Anne
Hubert Prélier Pierre
Lucas Gridoux Judas / Judas Iscariot
Edmond Van Daële Gerson
Edwige Feuillère Claudia Procula
Juliette Verneuil Marie
Marcel Chabrier Joseph d'Arimathie / Joseph d’Arimathie
Georges Saillard Un Sanhédrite
Marcel Carpentier Le scribe
Victor Vina Un Sanhédrite
François Viguier Un Sanhédrite
Jean Forest Jean
Philippe Hersent Jacques
Maurice Lagrenée Philippe
Paul Asselin Mathieu
Robert Ozanne Un centurion

Editors

Marthe Poncin

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