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[ 00. Vorfilm: WEIHNACHT ]
[ 00. opening short: CHRISTMAS ]

And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, unto the City of David which is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, who was great with child. And so it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”

And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

MBC - Productions

[ Erster Teil: Die Reifezeit ]
[ Part One: Growing Up ]

[ 01. Episode: AM ANFANG WAR DAS LICHT ]

Yeah - but there is such a thing as fate.

Yeah, yeah.

Because fate is something like God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. This was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through It, and without It nothing came into being. What came into being was Life, and that Life was the Light of humanity. And the Light shines in the dar-dar-darkness - not understand - and the dar-dar-darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness...

He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. It was the true Light, which enlightens every person who comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, but the world did not know Him.


[ 02. Episode: PROLOG und TITEL ]
[ 02. Episode: PROLOGUE AND TITLE ]

Monumental film on the life and suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ

A film idea by:

With contributions by:


[ 03. Episode: VERKÜNDIGUNG ]
[ 03. Episode: ANNUNCIATION ]


And so there once lived, in a faraway city in Galilee, a virgin named Mary.

And so there once lived, in a faraway city in Galilee, a virgin named Mary.

She was betrothed to Joseph, a carpenter known as the "tool of Nazareth." Nine months before our current calendar began - as Mary and Joseph were not yet married - God sent his archangel to her.

The archangel said:

"Hail, Mary! The Lord is within you, and your body is blessed above others."

Mary was greatly troubled at his words, and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

"You shall conceive and desire –oops– bear a son of your flesh, and you shall call him Jesus."

"How can this be, for I have not known any man?"

"The Holy Spirit will overshadow you, and the Word of the Most High shall be fulfilled, thus fulfilling the Word of the Holy Scripture, where it is written that the Word shall become flesh... the Word shall become flesh... become flesh..."

So the Word was fleshed out and the flesh was worded out.
And from a tiny little Word
arose our most holy in vitro Jesus.



The Immaculate Conception



Once the angel had flown away, Mary thought she had only dreamt it.

For the next nine months, nothing much happened.

And the moral? If he hadn't been given birth to, then he wouldn't have been made dead either.

Or: well conceived is half deceased.


A short time later


[ 06. Episode: THE THREE WISE MEN ]

Three kings in the Occident...

...grope in the darkness.

The Holy Family

Three Kings from the Orient

Joseph: Come in!

...for he believes it is the Three Wise Men.

...Mary also believes it is the Three Wise Men.

and behold, it was indeed the Three Wise Men.

Caspar: We bring you the Christmas presents.

Melchior: Herod told us to bring him the King of the Jews.

Balthazar: But which of the two is the young prince?

Joseph: We don't know either...

Joseph: Twins have been born unto us.

Joseph: You take the little one, and we'll keep the big one.

What then happened is called "The Infanticide of Bethlehem".

[ Zweiter Teil: Episoden aus dem Leben Jesu ]
[ Part Two: Episodes from the Life of Jesus ]

Episodes from the Life of Jesus



The Finding in the Temple

Mary and Joseph had gone with their Jesus to the annual tourist festival in Jerusalem. Now they're heading back to their home village. Due to a lack of travel infrastructure, they had to go by foot. Joseph picks up a little mouse, and tosses it carelessly behind him. Mary picks up the mouse and has a terrible thought: Where is Jesus?
In t
he distance, the first mirages can be seen. Joseph points ahead. Onwards! Forwards! Mary's gesture was ignored. Onwards? Mary takes action.

For the first time, Mary gets her way.

Since the steps now go from left to right, one can see that Joseph, against his own deepest convictions, is following his wife's lead. Back in Jerusalem, the situation changes. Exhausted, they settle onto the steps of the Temple and fall into a deep sleep. Unnoticed behind them, their dear child Jesus stands there, being honoured by priests young and old. Honouring the young Jesus is a lot of fun. Elsewhere, something unusual is happening.

The parents awaken and see the merry band of priests that Jesus has joined. Mary tries using the mouse to lure her son. But no, Jesus raises his finger and speaks.


Mary does not like his smart answer and reproaches him.

Mary: My son, why have you done this to us? Behold, your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.

Jesus takes these words to heart, but he also sees he has a big future.

The priests try to hang on to him, but he is torn away by his mother, away from green Jerusalem into the cold desert. The mouse, this cuddly animal with the long tail, is used to reconcile him with his parents. Jesus' face reveals that the bustle of Jerusalem has put ideas into his head. His future for the next centuries is revealed to him. Father Joseph, burdened by the weight of the future, stares off into the endless distance. The three of them continue through the desert. Family bonds have won out.

Again come mirages. Jesus, surrounded by family, is pulled and pulls in return. The destination: their home village.

But now there's a confrontation in the desert. Jesus, who will later become a great teacher, is now being lectured. The parents are united. Reprovingly, Father Joseph wags his finger. Several times. Again and again, Mary repeats this sentence:


My son, why have you done this to us? Jesus bows his head. But soon he will be a man - the Jesus we all know and love.

Not only the parents, but also the mouse gives comfort.

The Holy Family is together and then Heaven opens its floodgates. The Highest Being pours blazing tears onto these scenes.

The End


[ 08. Episode: VERSUCHUNG ]
[ 08. Episode: TEMPTATION ]


Go into the desert, go hunger

Matthew here, four-one. He's taken the bait. He's coming up. Understood? Roger.

Away with you, you fleshly lusts!

Away with you, into the desert sands!

Eat some!

Tastes good?

Whoa! What's that?

Are you hungry? Want some bread?

If you're truly the Son of God, then turn this stone into bread!

It is written: Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.

I can't just leave this guy lying around.

Come along, I know a better place than this.

Hello! He's picked up some civilian. Some weird guy. They're headed towards town. Take over from here, over!

I see them already. The little guy is pretty exhausted. Maybe the other one's from the other side, you never know. I'll keep an eye on them.

You've probably had too much sun. Why did you stop eating anyway? I know a great innkeeper nearby, he's got lamb.

Stop! Are you crazy? Watch where you're falling!

If you're the Son of God, then jump over the edge. God's angels will surely catch you!

Away! Fall back, Satan. It is also written: You should never tempt the Lord, your God.

I don't like this. I think they want to go up the mountain. Luke should take over watch immediately.

Just look, what a lovely view! The world is not as bad as you think.

This will all be yours, if you fall to your knees...

...and worship me!

You'll like this!

[Pope John Paul II:] ...and make it a blessing, as they receive it from the Hand of the Father, who in His unfathomable yet undeniable wisdom and love achieves your desire...

How do you like this one?

Or maybe something like this?

And now you!
Oh no, I couldn't...

Luke here. Damn it, I think he threw that civilian over the edge. Yeah, stop everything, I don't think we can reveal that.


[ 09. Episode: JOHANNES DER TÄUFER ]
[ 09. Episode: JOHN AND THE BAPTISM ]

[title] John and the Baptism

[title] First, John preaches in the cities.
Then comes the first shot, with me...

Then comes the second intertitle...
In a sec...

[title] There he only meets with deaf ears.
Next shot comes...

Then a very short intertitle, namely...

[title] First attempt
And then the tram.

The next intertitle... comes...

[title] On his way to the second attempt, there appeared:
And the next shot, with the müsli couple, comes...

And the next intertitle comes... with Ilverich...

[title] This was too much.

[title] He went into the desert to preach. On the way, he heard of someone who claimed he could cross Ilverich Bay in a cardboard boat.

This one's a bit longer.

Then comes the long scene with Ilverich.
And it's coming... coming...

[title] John could believe that the Lord might walk on water barefoot, but to cross Ilverich Bay in a cardboard boat...

[title] If that worked out, then this would surely be his Master. So he mingled with the disciples of the awaited Redeemer.

Now – no, not yet.

Bertram laughs.
Working on his duck.
The cut is coming, next in the scene comes...
Keeps laughing.
Next edit... comes...
Continues laughing. Close-up with pan. On his duck.
Now. With the audience...
Pan. And next...
...the welcome, now.

And now, we're pleased to have this first master with us who believes he can cross Ilverich Bay.
I christen this boat...

And now he pours beer over it.

Bertram, now, he settles in. Submerged.

Really submerged. Splashes around. Laughs.

His duck, in the water.

He's swimming out. - No no no, back back back.

Now he grabs his duck and swims to the other pool edge.

He's swimming now.

He's arrived. And now, he throws it out, and is photographed.

Photos... two photographers, he's out of the water.

He walks with his duck, the photographer smiles to the camera.

He builds the duck.

The next is another intertitle, at the end of the Ilverich scene.



[title] Arriving in the desert, he began preaching on the Jordan.
He lived on locusts, milk and honey, we know that.

Now. Intertitle. - Next is Brynntrup in the car, with Bertram...

[title] The baptism was actually very private (in Jesus' Lada car).
The holiness of the situation is signified by the soft focus.

... which'll be... which'll be...
Bertram in the car, with Brynntrup, out of focus.
They're saying...
Bertram looks at Brynntrup.
Bertram looks.
Bertram says something, namely...
he says...
he shows him the stone. Nobody says anything.
Nobody says anything up to now.
And for the first time, in a sec...
in a sec...
still looking... nobody does anything...
Bertram speaks now:

"Do you maybe have a tissue for me?"

"Jesus: no, I don't have any on me."

"Could you maybe lend me your shaving brush?"

"Mine is dull." Yeah.

Water outside now.
Bertram starts again.

Both speak: "Is the water from you?"

"No, it's from my father." - "Really."

Brynntrup nudges him.
And says: "Listen. Are you sure it's from your father?"
Bertram looks around. Thinks.
He scratches his beard, now.

"Listen. Did you win the lottery or not?"

Both look around.
Bertram just asked about the lottery.
So, both look around... both look...
By the way, next comes the cut to the sky.

"Hello hello hello hello," Jesus says now.

And Bertram: "Hello hello hello. Hello hello."

He scratches himself, Brynntrup. Krr-krr-krr.
Once again krr-krr-krr.
Bertram scratches himself, krr-krr-krr.
He looks up and now comes the cut...


It opens up, the skies open up.
Next, a quick intertitle leading to the party.
Still the pigeon, now closing up.

And... cut.


[ 10. Episode: BLINDENHEILUNG ]
[ 10. Episode: HEALING OF THE BLIND ]

Healing of the Blind


[ 11. Episode: TOTENERWECKUNG ]
[ 11. Episode: AWAKENING OF THE DEAD ]

Awakening of the Dead


[ 12. Episode: BERGPREDIGT ]
[ 12. Episode: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT ]

Sermon on the Mount

Man, there you are, finally! Where have you been all this time?
What's wrong with you? Good God. Let's go, we'll take you there.
Stand up straight! Come on!

Yeah, yeah, okay already, I'm here, it's all right.
Who do you think's been waiting for you, already half an hour?
Taxi! Now get in quickly, please. Stay inside!

My cap!

Oh your cap, I'll buy you a new one.
Get in, step on it, Olympic Stadium, please, faster!
Get in, get in!

The suitcase!

Suitcase forgotten! What next? Let's go, please!

Okay now, you know your lines?
"Blessed are the poor in spirit..."

Oh, I know what'll come of all this. He's drunk! The drunken pig!

"Blessed are the pure of heart, who shall be persecuted because of righteousness."

The stadium is full, people are paying 10 Marks just to get a look at this guy.
See how he looks! That goes over his head, great.
The drunken are blessed.
Keep going, faster!

"And forgive us our trespasses."
Your trespasses, your trespasses!

"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Amen."

We're here, get out! That's the end of the line for me.

My money, my cap!
Money, cap, I'll buy you a cap and a taxi on top...
Come along first...
My money!
We'll buy you a new cap...
This guy, this guy...
Bugger off! Jeez!


[ 13. Episode: JESUS UND DIE FISCHER ]

Jesus and the Fishermen

Jesus: Children, have you nothing to drink?

Fishermen: NO!

Jesus: Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and ye shall find!

They cast their net and could hardly draw it back, it was so full of fish.

Fishermen: It's a ghost!

Simon Peter thought it was the Lord, so he threw himself, half naked, into the sea.



The Wondrous Multiplication of the Loaves



The Enlightenment of Mary Magdalene


[ 16. Episode: DIE EHEBRECHERIN ]
[ 16. Episode: THE ADULTRESS ]

The Adulteress

Jew: She is an adulteress, and according to our law, she must be stoned to death!

Jesus: If you are without sin, then you may cast the first stone!


[ 17. Episode: GLEICHNISSE ]
[ 17. Episode: PARABLES ]


You should go take a look, my mother said, we're still just discovering the right spots. It'll be wonderful. It's always like that in the beginning: you take many wrong turns, but then it finally turns out well. We'll ask around, and then we'll only go where it's beautiful.

When the weather was nice, they walked up and down Main Street, to see what there was to see.

Particularly beautiful are the African banknotes, because they have flower series...

"What does this mean?"

The trip was designed so that you could also walk for a while. One followed trees that had white or red crosses. Children, it's this way! In the impassable spots, there were even railings and stairs. It's all too beautiful, my mother said. Look, there's a buzzard, and... oh children, deer!

The quiet atmosphere is accentuated by the camerawork of Jean-Uc Anglard, Jorno Lisa Kreuz...

"Grab him!"

This, too, ladies and gentlemen, is part of it. Yes, a key part.

And now Part Three: The Passion Story

[ Dritter Teil: Die Passionsgeschichte ]
[ Part Three: The Passion Story ]

The Passion Story


[ 18. Episode: EINZUG IN JERUSALEM ]

Entry into Jerusalem

Matthew 21, come in please. The parade is starting, everything according to plan. A huge crowd. The parade is now coming through the city gates. I have to stop, over.

Hallelujah! Hosannah! Praise! Hail! A King, a King!

Oh Jerusalem! Here is: your King.

Hosannah! In the Name of the Lord! A King, a King!

Master, forbid your disciples from calling you King, forbid it!

If these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out!


[ 19. Episode: TEMPELREINIGUNG ]

The Cleansing of the Temple or

The False Jesus of Oberammergau

Dear Holy Father...

A plague upon you, a plague! A plague!

Afterwards, Jesus visited God the Father on Earth

[Pope John Paul II] Do not let yourselves be so easily agitated or frightened. Never let yourselves in any way by anyone be fooled. Whoever fails to seek God, but chases after idols, is only fleeing from the one original and redeeming Truth.



The Wise and Foolish Virgins

[title] later

Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

But five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them. But the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.

[title] Midnight

But at midnight there was a cry: "Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him."

[title] And finally

Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out." But the wise answered and said: "No. There will not be enough for us and for you. Go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves."

And while they went to buy some, the bridegroom came. And those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.

[title] up above

Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying: "Lord, lord, open to us." But he answered: "Truly, I say to you, I do not know you."

Therefore, be watchful, as you know not what day or hour the Son of Man shall come.

[title] up there

[title] Therefore, be watchful



Anointing in Bethany

Judas: Gosh...

Why are you getting your feet anointed? The oil should have been sold, and the money should have been given to the poor!

What these two have done to me, they have done to a dead body!

Judas: I see.

Judas: Oh dear.


[ 22. Episode: FUSSWASCHUNG ]
[ 22. Episode: WASHING OF THE FEET ]

Washing of the Feet

Peter: Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Jesus: He that is washed needeth not but to wash his feet.

Peter: Thou shalt never wash my feet again.

Jesus: If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me.

Jesus: If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.


[ 23. Episode: THE LAST SUPPER ]

The Last Supper or

Camera rolling... curtain!

The Most Holy Altar Sexcrement

Okay. The action is basically... we're basically in frame now. The action is that I'm putting on this shawl and saying: listen, I'm glad we're all having a good time today, but I have to tell you. One of you is going to betray me tonight. That's right: betray me.


Betray me and sell me out.

John: Is it me?
Thaddaeus: Is it me?

He's panning along...

James: Is it me?

Listen, he's panning along, and then you can each ask: Is it me?

Andrew, Thomas, Matthew, Matthaeus: ?

Otherwise you can just fool around.

Simon, Bartholomew: Is it me?
Matthew, Philip: Is it me?
Peter: "–"
Or is it me?

You said it! But now let's have supper.

The First Miracle of the Last Supper

Hocus pocus.
Hoc est corpus meum. This is my body. Take of it and eat.

Hocus pocus
Abra cadabra. Abra cadaver. Hokey pokey. Hokey pokey.

The action is that I'll just pop this in, and then at the same time, we all press. And when we all press down, it just toasts and toasts. And then I'll do this - and then stand up. Is this still in frame?
Yeah yeah.
Good, and then we'll cut afterwards.
Okay, and now the thing with the blood transformation.


The Second Miracle of the Last Supper

What kind of blood capsule is this? Blood capsule...?
Yes, just like that. You have to suck on it.

The Second Miracle of the Last Supper - 2nd attempt

Okay, we'll take that and the other one too.

For the last time

For the Last Supper

Jesus: Do this in memory of me.

Jesus: This is blood.
This is my blood. Take of it and drink.

Everyone drinks a lot.

Everyone drinks and drinks...
...because it's very good wine.

Everyone is as if transformed

Once everyone has had enough wine...
...they make their way to Gethsemane.


[ 24. Episode: JUDASKUSS ]
[ 24. Episode: KISS OF JUDAS ]



Jesus Brought to Caiaphas

Halt. Stay here. Hands down.

That's him all right. It was him. That's the guy! It was him!

But Jesus says nothing

That's him, that's the guy...
I saw it! That's him, that's the guy...

But Jesus still says nothing

These two are right: You're the one, truly!

Caiaphas: You're the one!

What do you have to say about that?

You said it!

What is he saying? He has blasphemed! He deserves to die!

Guilty, guilty!

But I am innocent, as surely as I am the Messiah!

Nonsense! You're coming with us!

Beloved Pilate, I bring you Jesus of Nazareth. He has sinned against God. Kill him!



at the same time

Prefect, we bring to you the King of the Jews. The council of high priests transfers authority to you. This is the man!

Ah, so this is the famous Jesus. Yes, in the name of the Roman people... Ah, what can I say? This guy? Poor thing, let's just let him walk, the little sweetie.

So okay. Guard, bring me Barabbas, let's see if maybe we should sacrifice him instead. It'd be a pity to waste this poor young man. So where is he? Ah, here he comes... the scoundrel. There. So Jesus, tell me, should I free him for you?

He's a disgrace! Kill him, crucify him! He doesn't deserve to live! Crucify him! We want to see his blood!

I don't want him crucified! Stop bugging me! Take this Barabbas guy instead, he's a lot more unsavoury. No, I won't do it! Folks, stop bugging me, what do you want from me! No, I don't want to! Just leave me alone for God's sake!

Crucify him, Jesus on the cross!

Free Barabbas! Free Barabbas!
Set Barabbas free, Barabbas, Barabbas!
We want Barabbas, Barabbas!

Oh I can't stand it. Okay, in the name of God, just take him then. I don't really care, bring me some water so I can wash the blood from my fingers, they defiled ones. I wash my hands in innocence, see for yourselves, it's what you wanted. Pontifex Maximus is innocent, the Roman Emperor has nothing to do with this. The barbarians wanted this themselves. Finally, here comes the food, thank God. Take him away, take him to prison. Away with him. That smells great! Hm, delicious! Yes, finally some peace and quiet. Oh, crucify whoever you want. Mmmm, wonderful, once again. Mmmm, wonderful. But where are the truffles?


[ 27. Episode: KREUZWEG ]
[ 27. Episode: WAY OF THE CROSS ]

One Sabbath morn

Jesus falls the first time

Women of Jerusalem, do not cry for me. Cry instead for yourselves and your children. For behold, the days are coming when they shall say:"Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed."


[ 28. Episode: KREUZIGUNG ]
[ 28. Episode: CRUCIFIXION ]


[ 29. Episode: AUFERSTEHUNG ]
[ 29. Episode: RESURRECTION ]

One day later


[ 30. Episode: ERSCHEINUNGEN ]
[ 30. Episode: APPEARANCES ]

Jesus lives!

Why do you seek the living among the dead? Don't gawk so stupidly, the Lord is resurrected. Resurrected!

Meanwhile, not far away

Why are you crying?

Someone stole my corpse. Tell me, do you know where it is?

But Mary!


Noli me tangere! Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.

Lord, unless I put my hands in your wounds, then I won't believe what I'm seeing.

Okay Thomas, put your hands in here.

Verily, I say unto you: because you have felt me, you now believe. But blessed are those who believe nothing and yet still feel!


[ 31. Episode: HIMMELFAHRT ]

Ascension into Heaven



Outpouring of the Holy Spirit




This is the revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel... who testifies to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, which he had seen. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Because the time is near.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

"Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, and the living One. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Hades and of death..."

"Write the things which you have seen, and the things which will take place afterwards."

The end is near

After this I could see and behold a door was opening in Heaven. And the first voice I heard speaking to me, like a trumpet, was saying: "Come up hither... I want to show you what shall happen hereafter."

In Heaven


[ 34. Episode: IM HIMMEL ]
[ 34. Episode: IN HEAVEN ]

Why did you have me killed?

The Word of God has been fulfilled

You will live in eternity. Amen.

The End

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[ translation 2013 by Wayne Yung ]