Fun Size Review: From the Manger to the Cross (1912)

This production’s main claim to fame is that it was shot on location in Egypt and the Holy Land pre-WWI and the scenery is admittedly impressive but there are other interesting features.

For one thing, it was written by pioneering female screenwriter Gene Gauntier. The direction by Sidney Olcott is a bit stodgy even for 1912 but this is still a rather intriguing production.

Yes, it’s real. Cool, huh?
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

There actually is a twist to this one: there is no resurrection shown and the title is completely literal.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Stained Glass Cookies. Absolutely stunning and old school, if a bit difficult to consume.

Availability: Released on DVD.


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  1. Keith S.

    I have a copy of a film with this title, which seems to be the one you review, Fritzi, but it includes the resurrection AND the ascension!
    Do you have any ideas how this could be?

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      A couple of possibilities. Some editions include The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ on the same disc. Could it be you’re watching that one? Also, I have not seen any re-releases produced by Rev. Hessions, is it possible he cut in a resurrection?

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