Sunday, April 04, 2010

I've always loved Easter.

It was all the cool movies they'd always put on during the holiday. Movies like...



The Robe...



Quo Vadis...



Ben Hur...



And The Greatest Story Ever Told.

It may sound a bit perverse, but I always wanted to watch these movie to see the Romans, rather than the religion. I've been fascinated by the Romans ever since I can remember.

I never got much of a religious education, outside what I picked up in these movies. I told a friend once that when it came to the Bible, I didn't know very much, unless it appeared at some time in a movie starring Victor Mature.

Oh yea that reminds me. This was always one of my favorites when I was little.



What? You've never seen it? Well here's a great review.



Yep, I loves me some sword and sandal bloodshed. Always have.

So, you have a happy Easter, and I'll be lookin' for some cool movies on TCM. We'll be having a big feed here today. Denise has her brother and sister-in-law over from the Mother Country. She's gonna cook a spiral cut ham and lots of other stuff. I'll go over to Temple and get mom, and then take her back when the feed is over. I hope you guys have a great day, and celebrate it in your own way. I'll be lookin' for Roman on telly, and an after dinner tipple. Cheers!

5 comments:

Suldog said...

I always liked "The Chalice". And the hippie-dippy part of me enjoys the various incarnations of "Jesus Christ, Superstar" that pop up.

BRUNO said...

I always liked Roman Meal Whole-Wheat bread.

But those damned Roman Numerals were always the "piss-off" of my life...!

FHB said...

Sully - Yea, I love that one too. The part where Josh Mostel does his King Herod number still kills me. But all the music's awesome. I saw it in the theater when I was 12... about the same time I saw The Exorcist.

Bruno - No doubt. Tasty, and yet torture.

Mushy said...

I've liked the Roman war machine since the 9th grade when a fanatical history teacher made us make our own Roman weapons and standards. It was cool.

However, I'll witness to you now that Ben Hur actually saved my soul. The face of Christ is never shown in this movie, only his back, or his feet, but in one scene the Roman soldiers lift the heavy cross and let it fall heavily into place! Jesus moans and I actually felt pain...the body's weigh hanging on the nails, jarring into the hole! It was horrible to me. I was about 13. Soon there is a crash of lightning and blood starts running down the cross, then mixes with the rain. It flows down and out into a little stream, then a ditch, then a creek, then to the ocean. "Oh," I thought, "that's how the blood covered the sins of the world."

It covers us all today.

FHB said...

Mushy - Yea, I remember you telling me about that teacher.

And as far as Ben Hur goes, yea, that scene always moves me too. When the blood from the cross mixes with the rain and flows into the cave and his mother and sister are cured of leprosy... He comes home and sees them cured, and talks about how the sword's been taken out of his hand... Makes me cry every time.