Recently moviegoers have been able to hail the revival of that most hallowed of art forms, the big Biblical epic. The latest, and perhaps the longest, is “Mary of Nazareth,” which was originally 200 minutes long and was edited down to 153 minutes. Filmed at various exotic locations around Europe, the new epic is from Italian filmmaker Giacomo Campiotti, who directed the 2002 “Doctor Zhivago.”
“Mary of Nazareth” tells the story of Jesus’ life and times from the standpoint of Mary, Jesus’ mother. The film stars young actress Alissa Jung as Mary and also features Andreas Pietschmann as Jesus, Luca Marinelli as Joseph, Paz Vega as Mary Magdalene and Antonia Liskova as Herodias. The original score is by Guy Farley, who wrote the music for “Modigliani.”
Distributed by Ignatius Press, “Mary of Nazareth” won the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, who watched a screening in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Several screenings are scheduled over the next few weeks in Dipson Theatres. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited, so organizers advise to plan early. The film trailer can be seen at www.maryfilm.com. The schedule is:
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). For tickets call Deb Kistner at 912-2323.
• 7 p.m. May 28 and 29, Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema (4545 Transit Road, Williamsville). Tickets are available at the box office and through the Dipson Theatres’ website.
• 3 p.m. May 31 in the Dipson McKinley 6 Theatres (McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). For tickets, call Delphine Verdi at 868-2049.
– Mary Kunz Goldman