It’s an amusing thought for the June 29th Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul — the two of them sitting in a darkened theater, eating popcorn, watching a movie.
Which movie? God knows.
But Simon called Peter — who became the rock upon which the Church is built, the first pope — and Saul called Paul — Zealot persecutor of Christians turned evangelist to the Gentiles — have often appeared themselves on the screen.
It would take a lot more than a short blog post to list all the times they’ve been depicted on film, and those appearances are as varied as the artists who created them.
Here’s a sampling:
In this clip from the 1977 TV miniseries, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Jesus (Robert Powell) tells the Parable of the Prodigal Son, in the home of Matthew the tax collector (Keith Washington), to teach Peter (James Farentino) how not to be the resentful older son:
From the 1973 film adaptation of the Broadway rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Peter (Paul Thomas) denies Christ, and is reminded by Mary Magdalene (Yvonne Elliman) that this was foretold:
The famous conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus has been frequently depicted. I’m not sure which movie this foreign-language clip is from, but it’s impressive:
More recently, here’s the same scene, from “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” the 2015 sequel to “The Bible,” with Emmett J. Scanlan as Saul/Paul, and Juan Pablo Di Pace as Christ:
A 1981 TV movie called “Peter and Paul” starred Anthony Hopkins as Paul, here seen preaching to the Athenians:
Most recently, here’s Prince Royce as Peter, and Jencarlos Canela as Jesus, in live Fox musical presentation “The Passion,” which aired on Palm Sunday:
One thing all movies and TV productions about Christ and the Apostles have in common is that none of them is the last time these stories will be put on screen … and amen to that!
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