Historical Perspective: From the Manger to the Cross
“From the Manger to the Cross” is a silent film and was originally released in 1912. Without sound the actors in the Silent Film era definitely played a more dramatic part in films. As the title indicates, this film provides a look at the life of Jesus from birth to death and resurrection. The beginning of each scene contains a verse from the bible that prepares the viewer for what they are about to see. The actual words used in these verses is something to think about further when you consider the date of original release and who the producers may have visualized as their intended audience at the time.
Film buffs will marvel at this presentation of the gospel. Shot in the early 1900s, this silent film dramatizes the life of Jesus in a way that will keep the viewer glued to the screen. While some of the scenes are a little grainy, I was impressed that this footage has survived and still carries a powerful message.