Color of the Cross (2006)
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as Mary Magdalene
as James of Zebedee
Critic Reviews for Color of the Cross
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.
Audience Reviews for Color of the Cross
Takes the story of Jesus then misses the point by making it about racism. Also, Jesus might not have been the lily white figure portrayed by the church but he certainly wasn't from Sub-Saharan Africa which is where these actors' ancestors came from.
race aside, this movie was terrible. jesus was a man of "color" but this movie relied to heavily on that factor. the acting was horrid, the cinematogrophy was shotty & the actors didn't seem to fully understand their "controversial" concept. besides "The Last Temptation of the Cross," this was the worst Christ movie i've seen. maybe because of the similarities between the two.
The single best portrayal of Jesus I've ever seen by an actor, but the single worst Jesus movie I've ever seen. This movie was dull, and uninspiring. But the role of Jesus and his acting were incredible. Worth sitting through just for that.
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