DVD Barabbas [DVD] [1990] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 7232),
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Barabbas [DVD] [1990] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Barabbas (Anthony Quinn) is a man literally marked with the blood of Jesus. Before being crucified, Jesus is brutally flogged while tied to a post outside Barabbas' cell. When released by decree of the people, Barabbas staggers into this post, covering his hands in Christ's blood. His life is never the same again. BARABBAS is a powerful, vigorous movie, unlike most of the slow and reverential, Biblical epics that were being made in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Also unlike most of those movies, BARABBAS was not directly based on the Bible, which may have been less constraining to director Richard Fleischer and his collaborators. The movie is based on Noble Prize winner Pr Lagerkvist's novel, and has dialogue by poet and dramatist Christopher Fry. Visually, the film is very robust. Fleischer and director of photography, Aldo Tonti, use large masses of color against neutral backgrounds, often suppressing brighter colors. When they do allow bright light into the frame, it is dramatically striking. Also, as in most Fleischer movies, the camera movements are bold and confident. Given Fleischer's visual style, it is perhaps not surprising that the brutal gladiatorial scenes in BARABBAS were not equaled for almost years--until Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR was released in 2000.
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 07750

  • Credits
    Anthony Quinn, Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Jack Palance, Walter Jack Palahnuik, Walter Palance, Ernest Borgnine, Ermes Effron Borgnine, Katy Jurado, Maria Cristina Jurado Garcia, Harry Andrews, Vittorio Gassman, Arthur Kennedy, Valentina Cortese, Valentina Cortesa, Michael Gwynn
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