Five Easter Movies to Watch This Month
This week, Christians around the globe prepare to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In celebration, we’ve compiled a list of five movies sure to get you in the Easter spirit that you can check out right now from Pepperdine Libraries. Our resources are always available to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff. And as a reminder, members of the public interested in borrowing physical materials, including DVDs, are welcome to join the Friends of the Library or become a Waves Associate.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Directed and produced by George Stevens, this film from 1965 film tells of the life of Christ -- the teacher, saviour, healer of the hopeless, and champion of the poor -- from Galilee to Golgotha.
Clavius, a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
The Passion of the Christ
This film recounts the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus is betrayed by Judas Iscariot. Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd demands his death, so Pilate orders his crucifixion. Jesus is severely beaten and made to carry his cross up to Golgotha, the hill outside Jerusalem, where he is nailed to the cross.
Hop is the tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world's worst houseguest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up.
The Ten Commandments
To escape the edict that condemned all first-born Hebrew males by Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri. He also gains the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses's fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him.