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Vatican     HOLY SEE PRESENTS FIRST JESUS FILM AT VENICE FESTIVAL
For the first time, the Holy See has presented a film in the official program at the Venice Film Festival.
    The film is the restored version of Christus, a 1916 film directed by Giulio Antamoro, which became the first feature film in history on Jesus.
    Under the ledership of Bishop Enrique Planas, the Vatican Film Library plans to explore in greater depth the relation between the cinema and religion.
    The silent film was shown yesterday accompanied by a live presentation with two pianos of the original soundtrack composed by Monsignor Marco Frisina, one of the most celebrated composers of music for religious films in recent years.
    Bishop Enrique Planas encouraged filmmakers to use religious themes, as they are "a stimulus on the complex road of man's quest".
    Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for the Vatican's Jubilee of the World of Entertainemnt, which will be held in Rome from 15-17 December. 'Big names' are expected to attend, but in the spirit of the Jubilee, they will all come to Rome as pilgrims.
    Zenit (available soon)
   
6 Sep 00



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