The Book of Life  



The Book of Life (1998)

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The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New Year's Eve takes on new meaning when the Devil, Jesus Christ, and Christ's assistant Magdelina discuss and debate the end of the world, the opening of the seven seals, and the essence of being human.

Director: Hal Hartley

Release Date: 1998-08-22
Status: Released
Run time: 63 min / 1:3
Production Companies : True Fiction Pictures, Haut et Court, La Sept-Arte
Production Countries: France, United States of America
Release Date: 1998-08-22
Status: Released
Run time: 63 min / 1:3

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Casts

Martin Donovan
as Jesus Christ
P.J. Harvey
as Magdalena
Thomas Jay Ryan
as Satan
Miho Nikaido
as Edie
Anna Köhler
as Hotel Clerk
Martin Pfefferkorn
as Martyr
Layla Alexander
as Waitress
Michael Ornstein
as Computer Wizard
James Urbaniak
as True Believer

Crew

Directing Hal Hartley Director
Writing Hal Hartley Writer
Editing Steve Hamilton Editor
Production Simon Arnal Associate Producer
Production Caroline Benjo Producer
Production Jerome Brownstein Executive Producer
Production Thierry Cagianut Producer
Production Pierre Chevalier Producer
Production Chelsea Fuhrer Associate Producer
Production Matthew Myers Producer
Production Carole Scotta Producer
Camera Jim Denault Director of Photography
Art Andy Biscontini Art Direction
Production Matthew Myers Unit Production Manager

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  • If things go the way they should, The Book of Life is in a nice position to become the film that represents Dia de los Muertos for kids, let alone brings it further into mainstream prominence. Director Jorge Guiterrez and his team, including producer Guillermo del Toro, have created a stylish, animated, adventure-romance, which is full of life.

  • Parents need to know that The Book of Life is a refreshingly original animated film that takes viewers to the underworld and back. Smaller children might find the scenes in the Land of the Remembered scary, especially those featuring the king of the underworld, Xibalba (who's named after the Mayan name for the realm of the dead).

  • “The Book of Life” bedazzles your eyes and buoys your spirits as it treads upon themes most commonly associated with the macabre universe of Tim Burton. But instead of being gaga for ghoulishness, this Mexican fiesta of animated splendor is packed with visual delights far more sunny than sinister as they burst forth as if flung from an over-packed piñata.

  • The Book of Life is one of the most glorious-looking animated movies in recent memory, chock full of vibrant imagery, wit, and nifty song choices. While its story may be by the numbers, it still has plenty of heart and much to offer filmgoers.

  • The "Book of Life" is a story of, well, just like the title The Book of Life. However, it goes a little deeper than simply stating all things are living and have their own story. All things have "Life" because we provide love and everything that comes with it.

  • The visuals outshine the story in "The Book of Life," a lively animated tale mixing age-old myths with today's toon tropes. ‘The Book of Life’ Review: A Visual Treat – Variety The visuals outshine the story in “The Book of Life,” a lively animated tale mixing age-old myths with today’s toon tropes.

  • The Book of Life brims with sensuality, intrigue, violence and much-welcome humor.” —Los Angeles Times “Secrets and mysteries are finally revealed in the entertaining and satisfying conclusion. . . .

  • The Book of Life is so close to greatness, yet so far. I liked the characters. I liked the scope. I loved the animation, one of the few times 3D animation is as stylized as 2D. A complete rewrite and an additional 20 minutes could have made Book of Life an 8 or higher. Sadly, Book of Life has one of the most atrocious scripts I've seen in the theater.