Generally I review new movies that are about to be released or have recently been released. Occasionally I will review an older one that comes my way. Today I’d like to review The Robe, a movie that is older than me.

 

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The Robe is well known among serious Christian filmmakers as a brilliant  movie that seamlessly integrates faith into story. Today I watched it for the first time, and although it is definitely a classic movie and quite different from modern, it stands the test of time. I can understand why it won two Oscars and was nominated for three more. It’s a masterpiece.

The Robe is the story of Marcellus,  a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus’ homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.

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Like most great movies, it starts off complex. It takes awhile to figure out who’s who and what’s going on. That’s a good thing. Slowly you get to know the characters and to love or hate them as the case may be.The characters are dimensional and relatable. They struggle. None are perfect.

The two Oscars that The Robe won were for art and costume, and those were my favorite aspects of the movie as well. It was a truly stunning movie to watch. The sets were great and visually interesting, and the costuming was exquisite. I’ve been in many a period play and made many a biblical costume, but these costumes were works of art. They were definitely the most beautiful costumes I’ve seen in a biblical production.

The movie did not end the way I expected. Yet the ending made perfect sense. It was a dramatic ending rather than a tacked on ending. I would encourage anyone looking for a classic movie with a powerful faith-based story to check out The Robe.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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