Color of the Cross
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Actor/director/screenwriter Jean-Claude La Marre offers a controversial new vision of religious history with this interpretation of the Bible that presents Jesus Christ as a black man and suggests that the crucifixion, may, in fact, have been racially motivated. By exploring the last 48 hours in the life of Christ (La Marre), the director/screenwriter places the relationship shared between the Biblical Messiah and his disciples, the mindset of the Romans who occupied Judea, Joseph's relationship with his family, and the manner in which Mary and Joseph's family was affected by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Color of the Cross, a low-budget re-imagining of Christs final days, makes a big deal out of the relatively tame suggestion that Jesus was black."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The Crucifixion revisited with black Jesus as victim of bias crime."
‑ Kam Williams, Heritage Konpa Magazine
"Filled with close-ups of Jesus and his apostles (all the better to hide the absence of elaborate period sets), mixing quotes from the Scripture with flat exposition, this low-budget affair is earnest and, alas, more than a little bit cartoonish."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lacking the drama of Jesus' trial and the passion, as well as the substance of his teachings, (actor Jean Claude) LaMarre's turgid take has very little to offer dramatically or inspirationally."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Director, cowriter, coproducer and star LaMarre is more interested in Jesus' teachings than in his suffering, and suggests that race may have helped shape the course of biblical events."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A too-specific tale of historic injustice rather than one of divinely benevolent sacrifice on everybody's behalf."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"Many are calling Color of the Cross controversial, but it's really not. It simply states a possibility -- that Christ was a man of color -- which it dramatizes earnestly within the narrow confines of its $2.5 million budget."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Press releases are promoting the film as 'controversial' before the fact, but compared to such predecessors as 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' 'Godspell' and 'The Passion of the Christ,' 'Color' -- race issue aside -- unspools like a Sunday-school filmstrip."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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