Newsbites: The biblical themes edition!

Newsbites: The biblical themes edition! February 17, 2009

1. The Museum of Biblical Art in New York is hosting an exhibition on ‘Reel Religion: A Century of the Bible and Film.’ One of the highlights of the exhibition, which runs until May 17, is a collection of “80 rare vintage movie posters reaching back to the dawn of film in 1898.” And it turns out that one of these posters has a particularly special place in movie history: the one-sheets that have adorned movie theatres all over the world for the past century-plus take their dimensions from a poster that was created to promote The Passion Play of Oberammergau (1898) — a film that, despite its title, was shot in the United States and not in Germany. — CT Movies Blog, Bible Films Blog, Guardian, Time Out New York

2. Former porn star Crissy Moran is now starring in Oversold, a 32-minute church-sponsored film that re-imagines the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer as a modern love story between a pastor and a stripper. — CT Movies

3. Today is the day that Paul Newman’s very first movie, the widely mocked Bible flick The Silver Chalice (1954), comes out on DVD. — New York Times

4. Matt Page has discovered a “trailer” for The Passover Plot (1976), a revisionist take on the crucifixion of Jesus that is almost impossible to find on video now, but is noteworthy for featuring a few actors who had already appeared in a number of, shall we say, more conventional Bible epics. The part of Jesus, meanwhile, was played by Zalman King, who is now better-known as the writer, director and/or producer of such erotic fare as Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986), the Wild Orchid movies (1989-1992) and the ongoing Red Shoe Diaries series (1992-). — Bible Films Blog

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