He Who Must Die (1957)





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Celu Qui Doit Mourir (He Who Must Die) represented director Jules Dassin's first professional collaboration with his future wife, Greek actress Melina Mercouri. Filmed on the island of Crete, the story concerns the efforts by the townspeople to stage their annual Passion Play. The priest in charge of the play, anxious not to rock the boat with the occupying Turks, refuses aid and comfort to a rebellious priest from a battle-scarred village. But three townspeople do their best to help the visiting cleric, an act that splits the town right down the middle and forces the previously benevolent Turkish overlord to take decisive action. Melina Mercouri offers a dry run of her Never on Sunday character as the town trollop.
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Maurice Ronet
as Michelis
Nicole Berger
as Mariori
Jean Servais
as Photis
René Lefèvre
as Yannakos
Melina Mercouri
as Katerina
Fernand Ledoux
as Grigoris
Roger Hanin
as Pannagotaros
Teddy Bilis
as Hadji Nikolis
Pierre Vaneck
as Manolios
Lucien Raimbourg
as Kostandis
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Powerful Christian allegory based on Nikos Kazantzakis' brilliant novel The Greek Passion.

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I can't understand how I only heard of this movie because I was familiar with the novel on which it was based. It's a brilliant, beautifully crafted piece of work, a modern reimagining of the story of Christ as a revolutionary. I'm not totally sold on the way it eventually builds into a Marxist call for violent revolution, but man is it powerful, and, whether I ultimately agree with Dassin's take on Kazantzakis or not, I do think it's a valid interpretation of the Jesus story. Great writing, great direction, great black and white Cinemascope photography, great movie.

Davey Morrison Dillard
Davey Morrison Dillard

"I just realized, if Christ returned today, he would be crucified again... and you would be the one driving in the nails."

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Taylor Brown

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