Golgotha (film)

Golgotha is a 1935 French film about the death of Jesus Christ, released in English-speaking countries as Behold the Man. The film was directed by Julien Duvivier, and stars Harry Baur as Herod, Jean Gabin as Pontius Pilate, and Robert Le Vigan plays Jesus of Nazareth.

Directed byJulien Duvivier
Written byJulien Duvivier
Music byJacques Ibert
CinematographyJules Kruger
Edited byMarthe Poncin
Release date
  • 12 April 1935 (1935-04-12)
Running time
95 minutes

In 1935, the film opened in France, and in 1937 in United States and played throughout Europe. However, the British Board of Film Censors "would not allow British eyes to see it." [1]

Le Vigan's performance marks the first direct portrayal of Christ in a sound film. For the most part, Jesus is shown from a respectful distance as was also the case in Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, or The Robe, but there are also a few closer shots and even close-ups.

The National Board of Review named the film the sixth best foreign film of 1937. The score for the movie was composed by French composer Jacques Ibert.



  1. Brian Hession, Is It Box Office?, article on religious films, Picturegoer (June 8, 1946) p.9

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