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Color of the Cross (2006)

Color of the Cross



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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 with his family, and the manner in which Mary and Joseph's family was affected by Jesus' persecution under the microscope to challenge conventional beliefs and encourage audiences to question the manner in which the story of Jesus has been interpreted by modern, organized religion. Beginning with the preparations of the Last Supper and ending with the Crucifixion that would set into motion one of the most spectacular stories ever told, Color of the Cross aims to tell a timeless and familiar tale from a fresh and thought-provoking new perspective.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some graphic crucifixion images)
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jean Claude Lamarre, Jean-Claude La Marre, Jim Troesh, Jean Claude Nelson, James Troesh
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On DVD: Jan 9, 2007
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Elya Baskin
as Caiaphas
Marjan Faritous
as Mary Magdalene
Adam Green
as Thaddeus
Melvin Weiss
as Nicodemus
Marc Winn
as Joseph
Paul Nagi
as James of Zebedee
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Critic Reviews for Color of the Cross

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

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.

November 10, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

November 10, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A too-specific tale of historic injustice rather than one of divinely benevolent sacrifice on everybody's behalf.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
Top Critic

Many are calling Color of the Cross controversial, but it's really not. It simply states a possibility -- that Christ was a man of color -- which it dramatizes earnestly within the narrow confines of its $2.5 million budget.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Color of the Cross

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.


this move was a bit slow but told a intering point of view, it make some clear remarks about today myths and the lies we follow around wit reliongion, however the film did not discredit any other race or believes only call they out for what they are from what they have shown the world. If u and get over the colors in this film them u will see that it is still the story of Christ and his hardships that man placed in his favor and how he took it all for us.

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