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Anthony Burgess: The screenplays: Jesus of Nazareth (20/29)

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Uploaded on Apr 16, 2011

Anthony Burgess writes in 'You've Had Your Time, Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess': "Franco [Zeffirelli] never really got a satisfactory script from me, or from the collaborating Suso Cecchi d'Amico, a gracious lady of a famous artistic family who had had a distinguished career in the Italian cinema....The filming was done in Tunisia, where there was a good exchange rate on the dollar....Anne Bancroft, as Mary Magdalene, can be seen weeping bitterly, and a fat decent Tunisian matron, seated next to her, takes the tears as genuine and pats and kisses her hand in comfort. This is rather moving. The elaborate Jerusalem set was not struck after filming but taken over by the Monty Python team, who made 'The Life of Brian' with it. Franco was disgusted and spoke of blasphemy, but that comedy...strikes me as being a very fair interpretation of the lot of the Jews under Roman rule."

Roger Lewis writes in his biography of Burgess: "It never seems to have dawned on Burgess...that it is axiomatic of these biblical epics that they are going to be dead scraps. They are as stagey as Victorian genre paintings and...provide a home for bombastic old actors....These granite-thick shows...are about despotism, command, conquest and bad haircuts."

Many thanks to "angelicfaith101".

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