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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by David Lean and Jean Negulesco and produced by George Stevens, George Stevens Jr., Frank I. Davis and Antonio Vellani.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Richard Day, William Creber, David Hall; Set Decoration: Ray Moyer, Fred MacLean, Nominated
Best CinematographyWilliam C. Mellor, Loyal GriggsNominated
Best Costume DesignVittorio Nino Novarese, Marjorie BestNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
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Caiaphas: Jesus of Nazareth, your crimes are so many I scarcely know where to begin.


John the Baptist: Are you going to free me?
Herod Antipas: I am going to kill you.
John the Baptist: Then you free me!
Herod Antipas: [walking away] I hope so.


King Herod: The child of imagination is the child I fear.


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Max von Sydow said that the hardest part about playing Christ was the expectations people had of him to remain in character at all times. He couldn't smoke between takes, have a drink after work, or be affectionate with his wife on the set.
While between his films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, David Lean directed some interior scenes with Claude Rains and José Ferrer as a favor for George Stevens, who was bogged down with the production in Nevada. Jean Negulesco, meanwhile, directed the Nativity scene.
Joanna Dunham, who played Mary Magdalene, became pregnant during filming. The director worked around this by shooting her from the chest up as much as possible, making her later scenes markedly unlike the earlier ones.
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