Color of the Cross (2006)
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Actor/director/screenwriter Jean-Claude La Marre offers a controversial new vision of religious history with this interpretation of the Bible that presents Jesus Christ as a black man and suggests that the crucifixion, may, in fact, have been racially motivated. By exploring the last 48 hours in the life of Christ (La Marre), the director/screenwriter places the relationship shared between the Biblical Messiah and his disciples, the mindset of the Romans who occupied Judea, Joseph's relationship
Oct 27, 2006 Wide
Jan 9, 2007
Nu-Lite Entertainment - Official Site
Jean Claude Lamarre
Jacinto Taras Riddic...
Johann John Jean
James of Zebedee
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Color of the Cross, a low-budget re-imagining of Christs final days, makes a big deal out of the relatively tame suggestion that Jesus was black.
Filled with close-ups of Jesus and his apostles (all the better to hide the absence of elaborate period sets), mixing quotes from the Scripture with flat exposition, this low-budget affair is earnest and, alas, more than a little bit cartoonish.
A too-specific tale of historic injustice rather than one of divinely benevolent sacrifice on everybody's behalf.
...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling.
Lacking the drama of Jesus' trial and the passion, as well as the substance of his teachings, (actor Jean Claude) LaMarre's turgid take has very little to offer dramatically or inspirationally.
Director, cowriter, coproducer and star LaMarre is more interested in Jesus' teachings than in his suffering, and suggests that race may have helped shape the course of biblical events.
Press releases are promoting the film as 'controversial' before the fact, but compared to such predecessors as 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' 'Godspell' and 'The Passion of the Christ,' 'Color' -- race issue aside -- unspools like a Sunday-school filmstrip.
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