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What happened to the Roman soldier who won Christ's robe at the Crucifixion?
That is the origin of the plot of the 1942 book by Lloyd C. Douglas. This was dramatized in a wildly successful Films of the 1950s#1953 1953 Twentieth Century Fox film, directed by Henry Koster, and starring Richard Burton, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Michael Rennie, and Jay Robinson. Our Villain Protagonist Marcellus Gallio (Burton) is the soldier who crucified Jesus and won The Robe. The film benefits greatly from a distinguished Alfred Newman score. The Robe was nominated for five Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture and one for Best Actor (Richard Burton), but won only two, in the categories of Art Direction and Costume Design.
Marcellus is driven mad from the touch of the robe of Christ, which is then taken away from him by his servant Demetrius (Mature) who has converted to Christianity. Marcellus soon embarks on a quest to recover the Robe and destroy it, believing this will restore his sanity.
The movie has the following tropes:
- Bible Times
- The Caligula: the man himself (played by Jay Robinson in breathtakingly over the top fashion).
- Epic Movie
- Heel Faith Turn: Marcellus
- Widescreen Shot: the first movie released using Cinema Scope.