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The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Mike Rich
Starring Hiam Abbass
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Ciarán Hinds
Oscar Isaac
Alexander Siddig
Shaun Toub
Music by Mychael Danna
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) December 1, 2006 (US)
December 8, 2006 (EU)
Running time 101 min
Language English
IMDb profile

The Nativity Story, previously titled Nativity, is a 2006 film starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, the Oscar-nominated actress of The Whale Rider and Shohreh Aghdashloo, the Oscar-nominated supporting actress of House of Sand and Fog. Filming began on May 1, 2006 in Matera, Italy and in Morocco. New Line Cinema released it on December 1, 2006 in the United States and one week later on December 8 in the European Union. The film made history as being the first film ever to stage its world premiere in the Vatican City. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (510x755, 77 KB) Poster for the film The Nativity Story. ... Catherine Harwicke (born October 21, 1955 in McAllen, Texas) is a Hollywood, production designer and film director. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Hiam Abbass(AKA Hiam Abbas, Hiyam Abbas) (born 30 November 1960 in the Galilee village of Dir Hanna, Nazareth) is an Palestinian actress. ... Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو), born 11 May 1952 in Tehran, Iran is an Academy Award nominated Los Angeles-based Iranian-American actress and self-proclaimed activist. ... Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is an Academy Award-nominated New Zealand actress. ... Hinds in HBOs TV Series Rome Ciarán Hinds (born February 9, 1953) is a well-respected Belfast-born actor whose work spans theatre, radio, television, and film. ... Oscar Isaac (born c. ... Alexander Siddig (Arabic: ألكسندر صدّيق) (born 21 November 1965) is a British actor, also known as Siddig El Fadil. ... Shaun Toub was raised in Manchester, England. ... Mychael Danna is a film composer. ... New Line Cinema logo New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is an Academy Award-nominated New Zealand actress. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Whale Rider is a 1987 book by New Zealand Māori author Witi Tame Ihimaera. ... Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو), born 11 May 1952 in Tehran, Iran is an Academy Award nominated Los Angeles-based Iranian-American actress and self-proclaimed activist. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... House of Sand and Fog is a 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III. In 2003, the novel was adapted in to a movie by Vadim Perelman and Shawn Otto with the help of the original author of the book. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A street corner in the ancient Sassi di Matera as it looks today. ... New Line Cinema logo New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot summary

The film follows the life of the Virgin Mary and Joseph from the time of the Annunciation in Nazareth to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Thus the film shows, among other things, the Visitation (Mary's visit to Elizabeth, who at a high age is pregnant of John the Baptist), and the journey of Mary and Jozef from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the journey of the Magi, the Star of Bethlehem, and the vengeful rage of King Herod. According to the New Testament, Mary (Judeo-Aramaic מרים Maryām Bitter; Arabic مريم (Maryam); Septuagint Greek Μαριαμ, Mariam, Μαρια, Maria; Geez: ማሪያም, Māryām; Syriac: Mart, Maryam, Madonna), was the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, who at the time of his conception was the betrothed wife of Saint Joseph (cf. ... Joseph led his family to safety in Egypt to escape from Herod, as depicted by Lorenzo Monaco According to Christian Gospel accounts and tradition Joseph of the House of David – also called Joseph the Betrothed and Saint Joseph and Joseph of Nazareth and Joseph the Worker – was the husband of... A key piece of the Paleologan Mannerism - the Annunciation icon from Ohrid. ... Nazareth (Arabic الناصرة an-Nāṣirah; Hebrew נָצְרַת, Standard Hebrew Naẓərat, Tiberian Hebrew Nāṣəraṯ) is an ancient town in the North District in Israel. ... Jesus (8–2 BC/BCE to 29–36 AD/CE),[1] also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity. ... Bethlehem (Arabic بيت لحم   house of meat; Standard Hebrew בית לחם house of bread, Bet léḥem / Bet láḥem; Tiberian Hebrew Bêṯ léḥem / Bêṯ lāḥem; Greek: Βηθλεέμ) is a city in the West Bank under Palestinian Authority considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries. ... The Visitation is a Catholic feast day (2 July) commemorating the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. ... Elizabeth, also spelled Elisabeth (Hebrew אֱלִישֶׁבַע / אֱלִישָׁבַע My God is oath, Standard Hebrew ElišévaÊ¿ / ElišávaÊ¿, Tiberian Hebrew ʾĔlîšéḇaÊ¿ / ʾĔlîšāḇaÊ¿) was the mother of John the Baptist, according to the New Testament. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nazareth (Arabic الناصرة an-Nāṣirah; Hebrew נָצְרַת, Standard Hebrew Naẓərat, Tiberian Hebrew Nāṣəraṯ) is an ancient town in the North District in Israel. ... Bethlehem (Arabic بيت لحم   house of meat; Standard Hebrew בית לחם house of bread, Bet léḥem / Bet láḥem; Tiberian Hebrew Bêṯ léḥem / Bêṯ lāḥem; Greek: Βηθλεέμ) is a city in the West Bank under Palestinian Authority considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries. ... The Magi in traditional dress: breeches, capes, and Phrygian caps. ... Adoration of the Magi, with the star of Bethlehem in the top left. ... Herod I, also known as Herod the Great was an ancient king of Judaea. ...

Biblical accuracy

Mike Rich, screenwriter of The Rookie and The Nativity Story has drawn heavily from the Christian Gospels. A number of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish theologians have also been consulted. When Rich first told his pastor about the project he was undertaking, Rich said the pastor responded by saying "that's a project!" and then immediately put him on the church's prayer chain [1] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... There have been two movies titled The Rookie: The Rookie (1990 movie) The Rookie (2002 movie) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ...


Nevertheless, several differences from Scripture can be observed in the film.

  • The angel Gabriel is described in the Gospel of Luke as "standing on the right side of the altar of incense." In the film, it is mostly a whispering voice and changes in the smoke from the incense.
  • It is held that Mary delivered the Magnificat at her meeting with Elizabeth. In the film, she delivers it voiced-over as a sort of epilogue.
  • According to the Gospels, the angel that announced the birth of the Christ child to the shepherds was joined by a heavenly host praising God. In the film, he makes the announcement and disappears.
  • In the film, the Magi visit the nativity scene itself, on the night Jesus was born. (The Magi likely visited the Christ child twelve days after he was born, on the Feast of the Three Kings -- hence the 12 days of Christmas.)
  • The Gospel of Luke records that Joseph and Mary presented Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem on the eight day after his birth, and records the meeting with Simeon and Anna. This is not shown in the film.

12th-century icon of Archangel Gabriel from Novgorod In Abrahamic religions, Gabriel (גַּבְרִיאֵל, Standard Hebrew Gavriʼel, Latin Gabrielus, Greek , Tiberian Hebrew Gaḇrîʼēl, Arabic جبريل Jibrīl or Jibrail, literally Master, of God, i. ... The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc of Berry The Magnificat (also known as the Song of Mary) is a canticle frequently sung (or said) liturgically in Christian church services. ...

Additions

The film also made additions to the story which are neither confirmed nor denied by Biblical accounts.

  • In the film Mary is reluctant to marry Joseph. This, however, speaks of the cultural demands put upon Mary and Joseph. Arranged marriages were customary. Biblical and extra-biblical accounts say that Joseph was older than Mary, a distant relative in some cases, and unknown.
  • The Magi are portrayed as the traditional three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, of whom one is reluctant at first to join the search for the Christ child. Though the three gifts are specifically mentioned in the Biblical account, the exact number of Magi is unknown.
  • The star that heralds the birth of Christ is portrayed as an alignment of two planets and a star, seen progressing all through the film. (The Bible never elaborates on the nature of the star.) It is important to note, however, that the nature of the star as presented is one of the theories that NASA has put forth in the past few years.

NASA Insignia Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2005-09-01, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...

Cast

Hiam Abbass(AKA Hiam Abbas, Hiyam Abbas) (born 30 November 1960 in the Galilee village of Dir Hanna, Nazareth) is an Palestinian actress. ... Saint Anne or Anna is known by tradition as the mother of The Virgin Mary. ... Shohreh Aghdashloo (Persian: شهره آغداشلو), born 11 May 1952 in Tehran, Iran is an Academy Award nominated Los Angeles-based Iranian-American actress and self-proclaimed activist. ... Elizabeth, also spelled Elisabeth (Hebrew אֱלִישֶׁבַע / אֱלִישָׁבַע My God is oath, Standard Hebrew Elišévaʿ / Elišávaʿ, Tiberian Hebrew ʾĔlîšéḇaʿ / ʾĔlîšāḇaʿ) was the mother of John the Baptist, according to the New Testament. ... Keisha Castle-Hughes (born March 24, 1990) is an Academy Award-nominated New Zealand actress. ... Mary, Virgin of the Passion. ... Hinds in HBOs TV Series Rome Ciarán Hinds (born February 9, 1953) is a well-respected Belfast-born actor whose work spans theatre, radio, television, and film. ... Hordos (Hebrew: הוֹרְדוֹס, ; Greek: , ; trad. ... Oscar Isaac (born c. ... Joseph led his family to safety in Egypt to escape from Herod, as depicted by Lorenzo Monaco According to Christian Gospel accounts and tradition Joseph of the House of David – also called Joseph the Betrothed and Saint Joseph and Joseph of Nazareth and Joseph the Worker – was the husband of... Alexander Siddig (Arabic: ألكسندر صدّيق) (born 21 November 1965) is a British actor, also known as Siddig El Fadil. ... 12th-century icon of Archangel Gabriel from Novgorod In Abrahamic religions, Gabriel (גַּבְרִיאֵל, Standard Hebrew Gavriʼel, Latin Gabrielus, Greek , Tiberian Hebrew Gaḇrîʼēl, Arabic جبريل Jibrīl or Jibrail, literally Master, of God, i. ... Shaun Toub was raised in Manchester, England. ... In 1999 Lingon uppfinnade a apparate that could makea kaka in 1minute. ...

Production

Reception

Box Office

The film opened to a modest first weekend box office of 8 million USD [2]. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ...


Reviews

Reviews were mixed, with negative reactions outnumbering positive ones. [2]


MPAA rating

The film is rated PG in America for some violent content. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


See also

Adoration of the Shepherds (1535-40), by Florentine Mannerist painter Agnolo Bronzino The Nativity of Jesus, or simply the Nativity, refers to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, although it is also used for the birth of Mary, especially in iconography. ...

External links

  • TheNativityStory.com - official site
  • RadioLinksHollywood.com - Audio Clips narrated by award winning radio journalist Lori Lerner.
  • Bible Films Blog - Largest Internet Resource on Bible Films
  • An In-Depth Look at the Set and production from Christianity Today
  • The Making of the Movie by Rose Pacatte F.S.P. from St. Anthony Messenger
  • Script Review. IGN FilmForce. Retrieved on 2006-05-04.
  • Nativity at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Nativity Story Christian Review Grace-Centered Magazine
  • "The Nativity Story: A great Christmas movie!" by Valeriano Avila

2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ [1] Behind the Scenes Featurette 1, The Nativity Story official website, New Line Cinema.
  2. ^ The Nativity Story (2006). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2006-12-05.

 
 

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