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Easter is a Christian and cultural spring festival.
Easter may also refer to: Easter customs, cultural traditions and practices that take place during the above festival Eastertide, a fifty-day season in some Christian traditions Ēostre, the pagan equinox (hence, "East") festival from which the Christian festival takes its name in English and in other Germanic languages
Contents [hide] 1 Music 2 Literature 3 Other uses 4 See also
Music Easter (Patti Smith Group album), 1978, or the title track Easter (These Arms Are Snakes album), 2006 "Easter" (Marillion song), 1990 "Easter" (Asian Kung-Fu Generation song), 2015 "Easter", a song by Jefferson Airplane from Long John Silver "Easter", a song by Love Battery from Between the Eyes
Literature Easter (play), a 1901 play by August Strindberg "Easter, 1916", a poem by William Butler Yeats
Other uses Easter (film), a 2002 independent film Easter (surname) Good Easter and High Easter, villages in Essex, England
See also Easter Island, Chile Easter Rock, Wisconsin
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Top Easter Movies
5 Films to Commemorate Christ's Death, Burial, and Resurrection
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by Mary Fairchild
Updated March 17, 2017
These Easter movies commemorate in a passionate and powerful way, the life, mission, message, sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. If you're looking for a movie with an Easter theme to add to your DVD collection, consider one of these memorable productions.
5 Must-See Easter Movies for Christians
The Passion of the Christ
The Passion of the Christ chronicles the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Starring James Caviezel as Jesus and directed by Mel Gibson, the film was originally released in theaters in 2004. It is rated R for extremely brutal depictions of torture and violence. The film is portrayed in the biblical Aramaic and Latin languages with subtitles in English. It is not recommended for young children or for the faint of heart. The film offers an emotionally moving, painfully graphic reminder of the suffering and passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. [Buy on Amazon]
The central figure in Amazing Grace is William Wilberforce (1759-1833). He is played by Ioan Gruffudd as the zealous believer in God, human rights activist and British member of Parliament, who battled through discouragement and illness for two decades to end the slave trade in England. In a time of personal crisis, Wilberforce is inspired and encouraged in his long fight to abolish slavery by the former slave ship master, John Newton (Albert Finney), who wrote the beloved hymn "Amazing Grace" following his conversion to Christianity.
The film, originally released just before Easter 2007, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the first anti-slave trade bill, and the ending of 400 years of slave trading. Rated PG. [Amazing Grace Christian Movie Review] [Buy on Amazon]
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John is the story of Jesus as told through the eyes of his disciple John.
Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus and narrated by Christopher Plummer, the film was originally released in theaters in 2003. It is rated PG. The film focuses on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, offering a very human, intimate picture of the passion and compassion of Christ's three years of ministry. Christians will come away with an even greater appreciation for their Savior and the love that prompted his mission on earth. [Buy on Amazon]
Martin Luther is an historical biography of the life of Martin Luther, the 16th-century German priest who courageously led the Protestant Reformation, changing the political and religious shape of the world. This special 50th anniversary edition DVD features the film as it was originally released in theaters in 1952, including the story of the making of the film. Starring Niall MacGinnis as Martin Luther, the classic black-and-white presentation includes a tour of famous Luther sites. Martin Luther's strong faith and spiritual convictions have been an inspiration to Christians since the time of his life, all throughout history, and even today. Martin Luther reveals that people of radical faith and fearless courage can change the world.
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The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Greatest Story Ever Told is a classic epic film, wondrously recreating the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem to his baptism by John (Charles Heston), the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper and finally his death, burial and resurrection. Starring Max Von Sydow as Jesus and directed by George Stevens, the film was originally released in 1965. The fully restored DVD version features an all-star cast including David McCallum (Judas), Dorothy McGuire (Mary), Sidney Poitier (Simon of Cyrene), Claude Rains (Herod the Great), Donald Pleasence (The Devil), Martin Landau (Caiaphas), and Janet Margolin (Mary of Bethany). [Buy on Amazon]
Resurrection (24).jpg Icon of the Resurrection, with Christ having kicked down the gates of Hades and pulling Adam and Eve out of the tombs. Christ is flanked by saints, and Satan—depicted as an old man—is bound and chained. (See Resurrection of Jesus in Christian art.)
Type Christian, cultural
Significance Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus
Celebrations Church services, festive family meals, Easter egg decoration, and gift-giving
Observances Prayer, all-night vigil, sunrise service
Date variable, variable
2017 date 16 April (Western)
16 April (Eastern)
2018 date 1 April (Western)
8 April (Eastern)
2019 date 21 April (Western)
28 April (Eastern)
2020 date 12 April (Western)
19 April (Eastern)
Related to Passover, of which it is regarded the Christian fulfillment; Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Clean Monday, Lent, Great Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which lead up to Easter; and Thomas Sunday, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi which follow it.