The RobeDirector: Henry Koster
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Historically important as the first CinemaScope feature film, 20th Century-Fox's The Robe is fine dramatic entertainment in its own right. Based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, the film stars Richard Burton as the wastrelly Roman tribune who is assigned by a weary Pontius Pilate (Richard Boone, who spends the whole of his single scene washing his hands) to supervise the crucifixion of Christ. After the Seven Last Words, the jaded Burton wins Christ's robe in a dice game. Gradually, the mystical influence of the holy garment transforms Burton from a roistering cynic into a True Believer--at the cost of his own life, which he willingly gives up in the service of his Lord. Also starring in The Robe are Jean Simmons as Burton's pious childhood sweetheart, Victor Mature as his Christian-convert slave Demetrius (an excellent performance--in fact, Mature is more believable than Burton!), Michael Rennie as the disciple Peter, and Jay Robinson as the raving Emperor Caligula. Mature, Rennie and Robinson would appear in the 1954 sequel to The Robe, the hurriedly assembled Demetrius and the Gladiators. Watch and listen for the unbilled contributions of Michael Ansara as Judas and Cameron Mitchell as the voice of Jesus. The film won three Academy Awards, and a special Oscar bestowed upon Fox for the development of CinemaScope. For many years, the TV prints of the Robe were struck from the "flat," standard-ratio version shot simultaneously with the widescreen version. Only recently has the CinemaScope The Robe been made available to cable TV (shown in "letterbox" format to allow home viewers the full picture).
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen, Color]
- [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|George W. Davis||Art Director|
|Paul S. Fox||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bernard Freericks||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Roger Heman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ray Kellogg||Special Effects|
|Charles LeMaire||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Alfred Newman||Score Composer|
|Edward B. Powell||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Emile Santiago||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Walter Scott||Set Decoration/Design|
|Lyle Wheeler||Art Director|
1. Opening Credits [3:08]
2. Slave Auction [4:57]
3. Caligula [6:03]
4. To Palestine [7:38]
5. Talk of a Messiah [6:41]
6. Pontius Pilate [7:04]
7. The Crucifixion [7:43]
8. The Curse [7:34]
9. An Imperial Commission [3:46]
10. Followers of Jesus [5:00]
11. Miriam [6:04]
12. A Path Good Men Must Take [8:15]
13. The Big Fisherman [7:52]
14. Enlisted in His Service [8:02]
15. At the Catacombs [6:47]
16. Rescue [6:45]
17. Demetrius Healed [5:35]
18. Captured [:38]
19. Before Caligula [5:32]
20. A Better Kingdom [5:17]
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Audio: English 4.0
Audio: Commentary With Film Composer David Newman and Film Historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
Audio: The Music of The Robe: Alfred Newman's Score
Commentary With Film Composer David Newman and Film Historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman: On
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The Music of The Robe: Alfred Newman's Score: On
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The Making of the Robe
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This is a classic video, with superb acting, good editing, and it flows well with no unseemly gaps. Richard Burton does an excellent job as Marcellus, and seeing Victor Mature made me want to find more of his videos. Jay Robinson as the mad emperor Caligula is very good, and Michael Rennie made the best Peter I have seen. The movie is very inspiring, and encourages you to have that close walk with Christ that the first century christians had, so much so that many laid down their lives for Jesus, just as he gave his life for us. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a video with a real message, yet not presented in a boring way, and there is plenty of action for those of us that like it. This is wholesome and worthwhile entertainment.
The Robe is one of the great biblical classics. It is a fictional account of a love story between and man and woman. This film demonstrates the power of the gospel as a Roman soldier is turned from self to selflessness through his conversion to faith in Gods love. I would recommend this movie to all who desire entertainment that leaves you feeling inspired instead of lifeless like so many films today. It is ideal for family viewing. The VHS version is not nearly as refined as the DVD edition. The slightly higher cost for the DVD is more than worth the cost.
Another choice is King of Kings with Jeffrey Hunter. Great movie for anyone or any christian. The movie is touching, inspiring, emotional and inspiriational.
Sadly, Fox chose not to include the simultaneously filmed "flat" version. This BluRay release does include a PIP comparison to the Scope vs. Flat version, but it is available only if you have Blu-Ray Live internet hookup. Really crappy that they didn't bother to include the entire "flat" version. Other interesting extras include a featurette about CinemaScope. A missed opportunity to see the complete "flat" version of the film.
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly. Thumb up! I give five stars.
Another one of my favorite movies!
Fictional story of a Roman centurion (Richard Burton) who becomes haunted with guilt after witnessing Jesus' crucifixion and winning his robe in a game. He thinks the robe is cursed but, before he can destroy it, the robe is stolen by his Greek slave (Victor Mature.) He converts while in pursuit of his slave but is treated as a madman by his pagan friends and superiors when he returns. His life love (Jean Simmons) saves him from the harsh reprimands of Tiberius and Caligula. Other than Richard Burton and Jean Simmons, the acting is horribly wooden. The plot is being so predictable from the onset it makes one wonder why, other than its appeal to Christian believers, the film has any merit to begin with. The script is saturated with bad dialogue and cliches. The only real merit to the film is as a historical footnote in film technology: it was the first movie to be done in cinemascope. As the saying goes though, 'That's history!' The technology is as antiquated to film as emperors are to modern politics. The norms represented in the film are so typical of the conservative Eisenhower period that it's just plain horrible to watch if not laughable in the context of a period film such as this. The character of Caligula is played as a retarded imbecil who couldn't find his way out of his own house. The real Caligula was a sexually depraved psychopath, not a retarded nit-wit as played in the movie. Tiberius is portrayed as a stern but friendly paternal figure when he was actually a cruel paranoiac pedophile living a secluded life of perversion on his island of Capri with boys and girls to suit his pleasure. This is a good movie for very young children who attend Sunday school and who aren't too demanding as to a historical film's artistic qualities or factual integrity. For mature viewers who demand more from a period film on antiquity, whether it's Biblical in theme or not, this movie is hardly a crowning achievement in cinema.