Color of the Cross
Color of the Cross (2006)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 9, 2007
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

...The first film to depict a black African Jesus is hindered by shoddy production values and so-so storytelling.

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Kam Williams
Heritage Konpa Magazine

The Crucifixion revisited with black Jesus as victim of bias crime.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

A too-specific tale of historic injustice rather than one of divinely benevolent sacrifice on everybody's behalf.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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