With the approaching of 2013 Easter, people are busy preparing for the 2013 Easter celebrating in their own ways. As a Christian holiday and festival, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion at Calvary. The festival is also famous as Easter Day, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day and Resurrection Sunday. For the Easter Day celebrating, there would be various Easter jelly bean candies, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and the beautifully decorated Easter baskets filled with multi-colored eggs. People all celebrate the holiday in their own ways to commemorate the Christian faith. Besides these, watching Easter related movies is also a good way to honor the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. If you’re now hard to decide which movie to watch for 2013 Easter, the below Easter-themed movies I collected would be of great help to you.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
What makes this film stand out above all the others is it isn't even in English. The entire dialogue is in the ancient languages of Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew. At least what you hear is what was actually spoken during those biblical times. Yet again this film, before and after its release, was extremely controversial on many levels, most notably the violence. The passion is based on the events and suffering from the New Testament accounts of Jesus' arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and resurrection. It was directed by Mel Gibson and starred Jim Caviezel as Jesus. The Passion of the Christ is still the most successful non-English language film ever at the box office.
Holiday Inn (1942)
Here is another musical film that not only features Easter as one of the holidays, but all the other ones too. It's about a pair of former vaudeville performers who buy a rustic farmhouse in New England. They set it up as an inn only to be opened on the major holidays. Holiday Inn stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, two very legendary actors in their own right.
Easter Parade (1948)
Now for something lighter and more cheerful here is a musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire with music by Irving Berlin. The story takes place when a famous dance team breaks up and the male lead needs a new partner right away. One is discovered immediately while as a chorus girl in a stage production. You will see plenty of extraordinary dancing from Astaire and hear phenomenal vocals by Garland. This is considered the ultimate Easter movie classic.
The central figure in Amazing Grace is William Wilberforce (1759-1833). He is played by Ioan Gruffudd as the zealous believer in God, human rights activist and British member of Parliament, who battled through discouragement and illness for two decades to end the slave trade in England. In a time of personal crisis, Wilberforce is inspired and encouraged in his long fight to abolish slavery by the former slave ship master, John Newton (Albert Finney), who wrote the beloved hymn "Amazing Grace" following his conversion to Christianity.
The Gospel of John (2003)
The Gospel of John is the story of Jesus as told through the eyes of his disciple John. Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus and narrated by Christopher Plummer, the film was originally released in theaters in 2003. It is rated PG. The film focuses on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, offering a very human, intimate picture of the passion and compassion of Christ's three years of ministry. Christians will come away with an even greater appreciation for their Savior and the love that prompted his mission on earth.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
The Greatest Story Ever Told is a classic epic film, wondrously recreating the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem to his baptism by John (Charles Heston), the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper and finally his death, burial and resurrection. Starring Max Von Sydow as Jesus and directed by George Stevens, the film was originally released in 1965. The fully restored DVD version features an all-star cast including David McCallum (Judas), Dorothy McGuire (Mary), Sidney Poitier (Simon of Cyrene), Claude Rains (Herod the Great), Donald Pleasence (The Devil), Martin Landau (Caiaphas), and Janet Margolin (Mary of Bethany).
Friendly tip: There might exist format incompatible issues during Easter movie enjoying, like playing Easter Blu-ray discs on TV or watching Easter HD movies on in-hand portable media players like iPad mini. A wonderful Total Media Converter Ultimate combo would solve all these questions for you to let you watch Easter movies anytime anywhere.