Two years ago, I made a spreadsheet charting the similarities and differences between The Bible and its big-screen spin-off Son of God. Last year, I wrote detailed recaps for each episode of A.D. The Bible Continues, noting how the series made use of both the scriptures and secular history. Now it’s Risen’s turn to go under the microscope.
The Jesus movies of the past dozen years have followed a trajectory that is almost the complete opposite of their counterparts in the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood.
Interview: Juan Pablo di Pace on the humanity of A.D. The Bible Continues and playing Jesus like “a little child”
A.D. The Bible Continues is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow, so some of the cast and crew are doing the publicity rounds again. I had the privilege of speaking to Juan Pablo di Pace, the Argentinian actor who played Jesus in the series.
Season 1, Episode 2 — ‘The Body Is Gone’
Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1
Harmonization, redux. It’s pretty much impossible to harmonize the empty-tomb accounts in the four canonical gospels, and A.D. The Bible Continues doesn’t even try. It does, however, blend the various resurrection appearances that took place afterwards, as well as the final words of Jesus in Matthew and Acts.
One of the noteworthy things about A.D. The Bible Continues is how it really piles on the visual effects when something really supernatural happens. In fact, the series trades on the sort of images that Bible movies haven’t really gone for since the silent era, when movies of this sort functioned less as documentary-style plays — showing us “what life was really like back then” — and were more like icons in motion.
Watch: Priests, Romans and Zealots battle over the Temple in new clips from next week’s A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues slipped a bit in the ratings last night, but its second episode was still the top-rated entertainment program of the evening.