Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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First Passion

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Largely overlooked by historians and film buffs, the curious 1912 epic 'From the Manger to the Cross' depicted the life of Jesus.

First Passion

The first cinematic depiction of the life of Jesus, Sidney Olcott's 1912 film FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS is the only movie ever shot in the places described by the New Testament. The fourth feature-length film release in the history of cinema, it was a great commercial success. Nevertheless, it has been largely forgotten by history.

In FIRST PASSION, documentarian Philippe Baron follows in the footsteps of this little known film director. He tracks the production of Olcott's epic from the filming in Palestine in to its release in New York. By re-examining this curious and fascinating cinematic artifact, Baron brings viewers back to the beginnings of cinema, examining the relationship between documentary and fiction, between director and crew, and betweem cinema and religion.

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** Best Use of Historical Footage, FOCAL Awards
** Best Documentary, TV5 Monde Awards
** Montreal Festival of Films on Art
** Pordenone Silent Film Festival
** Douarnenez International Film Festival


Main credits

Baron, Philippe (film director)
Baron, Philippe (screenwriter)
Baron, Philippe (narrator)
Jaffrennou, Sabine (film producer)
Angebault, Aurélie (film producer)
Le Gall, Fred (film producer)

Other credits

Image, Philippe Elusse [and 3 others]; montage, Stéphanie Langlois; musique originale, Yan Volsy.

Distributor credits

A film by Philippe Baron

Docuseek2 subjects

Film History
Communication and Media Studies
Middle East and North Africa
Middle Eastern History

Distributor subjects

Cinema Studies
Film History
Media Studies
Middle East
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religion; from the manger to the cross; film history; middle east; religion; Jesus; Christianity; "First Passion"; Icarus Films

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