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He Who Must Die

6.9
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Original title
Celui qui doit mourir
Year
Running time
122 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Jules Dassin, Ben Barzman, André Obey (Novel: Nikos Kazantzakis)
Music
Georges Auric
Cinematography
Gilbert Chain, Jacques Natteau (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Italy
Genre
Drama | 1920s
Synopsis / Plot
Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. The leading citizens of the town, under the auspices of the Patriarch, choose those that will play the parts in the Passion. A stuttering shepherd is chosen to play Jesus. The town butcher (who wanted to be Jesus) is chosen as Judas. The town prostitute is chosen as Mary Magdalene. The rest of the disciples are also chosen. As the movie unfolds, the Passion Play becomes a reality. A group of villagers, uprooted by the war and impoverished, arrive at the village led by their priest. The wealthier citizens of the town want nothing with these people and manipulate a massacre. In the context of the 1920's each of the characters plays out their biblical role in actuality.
Awards
1957: Cannes: OCIC Award - Special Mention
1958: Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
1957: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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