Skip to comments.Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Robe"(1953)
Posted on 03/31/2013 12:55:18 PM PDT by ReformationFan
Today being Resurrection Sunday, the pick for today's feature is the perennial Easter favorite based upon the Lloyd C. Douglas novel about the Roman centurion who wins Christ's robe and how his life changes. The first film shot in CinemaScope. I particularly love the scene where Jean Simmons' character tells off Emperor Caligula.
Superb movie. Wonder why ABC keeps showing Ten Commandments and not “The Robe”?
Martin Scorcese said that when he first watched “The Robe” as a kid, the theater curtains kept getting wider and wider and wider which made a big impression on him. Also of note in the robe is despite the fact that Richard Burton was the main character, Jay Robinson as Caligula, STOLE the movie from him. Robinson’s very voice dripped with contempt.
I read that “The Ten Commandments” has been a perennial favorite for ABC since 1973. The one Easter they didn’t air it caused a lot of negative public feedback, hence they continue that tradition(I watched a lot of it last night myself).
“The Robe” will also air on TCM tonight at 8PM Eastern.
Both films are great entertainments made in the era when the general American consensus was to be Christian, patriotic, pro-life and pro-natural family.
Love the scene at the end when Jay Robinson’s Caligula keeps shouting “they’re going into another kingdom!”
The Robe unlike The Ten Commandments has a decidedly Christian theme and may be why the PC controllers at the networks are wary of screening The Robe.
8 p.m. Eastern Time for TCM The Robe unfortunately clashes with Pope Francis’ Easter Mass televised by EWTN at 7 p.m. EST
Stunning! This group of scientists does a lot of testing of the Shroud of Turin, and they scientifically come up with what they believe is the actual face of Jesus .. and no, it's not the ghostly, elderly face seen most often.
The reason is .. the photo on the Shroud is a “negative”, not a “positive” image. Both times I viewed it, I gasped when they showed their final rendition.
As is usual, the “elitist” religious groups tried to use a carbon dating method to try to prove that the Shroud was not real .. however, the very piece of cloth they used showed their attempt to distort. And .. another cloth used for the face and feet of Jesus has the same remarkable markings .. proving it was used at the same time as the Shroud.
It's amazing .. they expose the “positive” picture of the whole body on the Shroud - add in some color - and it looks exactly like a body would look after it had been scourged.
A MUST BE SEEN video. It was just on recently, and if you have a good DVR system you might be able to search the previous week and find it.
A lot of stations also used to air “Ben Hur” (the 1958 version) with Heston.
Amazingly, they are not showing it anywhere this year.
It is available on DVD.
Thanks for the heads up. Check your PMs;
Wonder why ABC keeps showing Ten Commandments...”
I for one was so surprised when I flipped through the TV offerings last night and was delighted that they were even showing anything dealing with Christianity. Would be wonderful if they would show The Robe and the Ten Commandments back to back all day, particularly during Holy Season but that will never happen.
The Big Fisherman was also made into a movie, which made a brief appearance in the theaters in 1959, but it wasn't a hit. Although I saw previews of it, I never saw it in the theater, and I'm glad I didn't because it isn't very good, as I found out by watching it on DVD.
Thanks! I read the book as a kid, but haven't seen the movie in years.
I too have no problem with the screening of The Ten Commandments, but the event that changed the world was no the crossing of the sea but the cross and the crossing of the tomb to eternity.
You saw “The Big Fisherman” on DVD? I thought it’s never been released on home video.
TCM will be airing it in May-
It might have been a bootleg video from a video store in the Western US that is a hangout for movie buffs. They carry some films that have not been officially released in a video format, which they’ll allow you to borrow for free if you rent one or more of the legitimate videos.
The Ten Commandments is appropriate for Passover, which councides with Holy Week.
The movie is on at 8pm on TCM.
TCM aired “Ben Hur” this morning.
I admit I love “The Ten Commandments.” I always get choked up when the Israelites leave Egypt.
And how can you not love Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, LOL?
Among Christian movies, I’ll take The Robe; Quo Vadis; and Miracle at Lourdes; any day of the year.
It’s a great film. I got to meet Debra Paget who played Lilia in person some years ago. She was very nice and friendly.
I like your tagline.
Henry Koster, who directed THE ROBE, was also responsible for a number of other excellent Christian-themed pictures including THE BISHOP’S WIFE (the first version, with Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young), and A MAN CALLED PETER. He was Fox’s go-to guy for Cinemascope religious epics as well as family comedies like MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION. A very underrated filmmaker in my opinion.
Ben-Hur was on this a.m. Was watching first half prior to leaving for church service.
"We're gonna take out Moses, see?"
I saw “A Man Called Peter” only a few months ago on DVD. It was just as good as I remembered. It also included an audio of one of his sermons.
He really was a great preacher and the Scottish lilt to his voice added to it.
There was a sequel to “The Robe” called “Demetrius and the Gladiators” which I also liked.
“....when the general American consensus was to be Christian, patriotic, pro-life and pro-natural family.”
Since 1964 (LBJ reign) the country has admitted so many whose only reason for entering was to get away from their hellholes without any intention to assimilate to the customs of their host and with nothing to donate but the very misery they fled from.
Talking about the balkanization of the US — hell, the Balkans have a more homogeneous society than the US has.
Read “The Face of God” by Paul Badde.
Oh, she was beautiful. How exciting!
Thanks. The last straw for me was when some idiot leftwing professor told his students they should deny their whiteness and their Christianity.
Demetrius was hands down the best gladiator movie until, well, Gladiator.
And no Peter Graves references, please.
Shown on TCM tonight, followed by its sequel “Demetrius and the Gladiators” - four hours of good viewing.....
Time Warner in San Diego didn’t run it. But I have the DVD and probably some time this month I will pull it out and watch it again.
And .. why is it important for me to read that book ..??
I’ll check that out .. I have a feature on my DVR which will allow me to search backward for a program I may have missed.
I personally don’t care if you read the book or not, but you were the one who mentioned that you were interested in “The Face of Jesus”.
It was a video .. not a book.
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