Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jean Gabin Comes to Nashville!

If you happen to be in Nashville on April 9, 2009, stop by the Downtown Presbyterian Church! No, I'm not kidding: In honor of the Easter holiday, the Church will be screening a 16-millimeter print of Golgotha (1935), director Julien Duvivier's moving tale of the Christ, featuring Jean Gabin as a very sympathetic Pontius Pilate. Duvivier, of course, will also direct Gabin in Pepe Le Moko (1937).

To this author's knowledge, Golgotha hasn't been screened publicly in the U.S. in decades, and if you're anywhere near Nashville, it's definitely worth seeing, because you're probably familiar with the more "famous" Christ movies -- Nicholas Ray's King of Kings, etc. -- and this one is just as important, especially because it is the first "sound" film about Jesus in any language. Here are the details:

Read more about Jean Gabin and Golgotha in WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN by Charles Zigman, available at, Barnes and, or ask your favorite bookseller.

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