"The Resurrection is in Technicolor: The Passion Play Film, 1904-2004"
Talk by Phillip Maciak
Assistant Professor of English and Film and Media Arts
Louisiana State University
Monday, April 9
VCAM Screening Room 001
Between 1898 and 1912, the Passion Play was one
of the most popular genres of world cinema. Films of Jesus Christ’s life were produced, copied, and exhibited globally to great public acclaim, yet there remains curiously little scholarship on this eccentric archive. This talk traces the history of this genre's relationship with special effects. From early cinematic camera tricks to experimental Technicolor in the twenties to CGI in the twenty-first century, the history of the Passion Play Film is a miraculous re-narration of the history of film technology itself.
Organized by Lindsay Reckson, Assistant Professor of English and VCAM Faculty Fellow. Sponsored by the Department of English, the Interdisciplinary Minor in Visual Studies, the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, and VCAM.
Still from Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 The King of Kings