Movies Abroad: Assisi Revisited

In Madrid not long ago, a little red sports car ran out of gas. Out jumped Jesus and John the Baptist, in flowing robes and beards, to shove the car to a filling station. From there, the two actors (Jeffrey Hunter and Robert Ryan) drove on to a suburban movie set, where a remake of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings was in production. In Hollywood, meanwhile, Director George Stevens and Poet Carl Sandburg pondered how to "make Christ human" one method already employed: hiring Elizabeth Taylor to play Mary Magdalene) in their adaptation of The Greatest Story Ever Told....

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