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The Messiah

The Messiah

A Feature film by William Klein

Produced by Kuiv Productions

Release in France : 22/12/1999


    Everyone knows Handel's oratorio, "The Messiah." Here the nativity, passion and resurrection are evoked through contrasting images of religious fervor and secular violence. The piece is performed all across the world by great stars and by humble amateurs. The oratorio exalts both the grandeur and decadence of this century.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Kuiv Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    France tv distribution

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    William Klein's work apparently overlooks nothing of today's reality and society's multicolored patterns. The universal figure of Jesus shifts easily from classical icon to total clod, slipping through the busy streets tattooed onto leathery skin, transferred onto heavy-metal T-shirts, molded into silly plastic masks or personified in the theater (adjusting a crown before going on stage). With his usual humor and talent, Klein turns the world's atrocities and joys into a deathly ballet and a blessing, earthly bliss into good news, horror into passion, religious fervor and reconstructions into so many resurrections. The only questions is whether we should laugh or cry.

    Marie Colmant – "Cosmopolitain," December 1999

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    Michel Rotman

    Directors of Photography :

    Paco Wiser, Pascal Marti

    Production managers :

    Daniel Edinger, Mahel Ranc

    Editor :

    Françoise Arnaud

    Assistant directors :

    François Vantrou, Itaka Schlubach, Pierre Linhart

    Sound recordists :

    Stéphane Reichart, Francis Bonfanti

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Marie-Anne Capdeville, Thierry Cussinel

    Foreign distributor :

    Mahel Ranc

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction, Experimental

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 57 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Montreal World Film Festival - 2000

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2000)


    Cinema of Tomorrow