Behold the Man (1921)

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Pathe recycled its 1914 production, The Life of Our Savior, to make this six-reel feature. As is easily guessed from the title, The Life of Our Savior covered the story of Jesus Christ, from his birth up until the Crucifixion. It was French-made and used a hand-tinted color process that may have been novel in 1914, but by 1921 looked grotesque. The scenes from the old film are intercut with new footage of a mother (Sybil Sheridan) telling the Bible story to her two children (Richard Ross and Violet Axzelle). As the mother relates the scenes from the Bible -- told very simply in the title cards -- the scene cuts to the older footage, then back again to the rapt faces of the children. Although this picture was very old-fashioned for 1921, it told its tale reverently enough to please the religious-oriented audiences of the day.