George Stevens directed this masterpiece which was released in 1965. Many people could not appreciate its glory but I consider it as one of the most lavish Biblical films. It has sustained a reverence that is genuine and the pace has been deliberately extended to make it dream like. Its ambiance is otherworldly and evocative. This film is close to the luminous and the transcendent spirit as portrayed in the Gospel of John. The opening shot of this epic is taken from that gospel's prologue while depicting Christ's fresco in a church with his arms outstretched, recalling a context of over two thousand years of faith and tradition. Alfred Newman has written a magnificent score with acknowledgements from Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from his Oratorio, Messiah and Verdi's Messa da Requiem.