‘Jesus of Nazareth’ film set at St. Bartholomew’s

Director Franco Zeffirelli mentioned before making the 1977 TV miniseries, “Jesus of Nazareth” that he aimed to focus mostly on Christ’s humanity. But many critics felt the end result was evenly balanced between his humanity and divinity.

Adult Faith Formation ministry leaders at Columbus’ St. Bartholomew Catholic Church recently began showing the production at the church, 1306 27th St., and the remaining four sessions are open to the general public. The free showings are from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday through March 22.

The work features something of an all-star cast, with Robert Powell as Jesus, and seven Academy Award winners, including Anthony Quinn as Caiaphas, Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene, and Laurence Olivier as Nicodemus.

According to industry insiders, Powell was hardly the early choice as the lead. Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino were the early contenders for the role.

Information: Kathy Davis-Shanks, 812-379-9353, ext. 240.