In The Miracle Maker, the film’s makers have a small miracle of their own: a simple, modest retelling of the gospel story of the ministry and passion of Christ that does little more than present the bare events of the gospel narratives, without adornment or invention, without idiosyncratic "explanations" or editorial spin, without elaborations for the sake of amusement or excitement. It’s so straightforward, it’s practically revolutionary. Adapting a story for the screen substantially as it was written is a lost art nowadays. It’s easy to see why, in a way; storytellers are just naturally attracted to projects to which they feel they have some creative contribution to make; some special angle or insight to offer. Well, these filmmakers made a creative contribution, all right — but it wasn’t the message, it was the medium. The Miracle Maker is a groundbreaking work of astoundingly lifelike stop-motion animation, supplemented with traditional hand-drawn animation for flashbacks and other special sequences, and digital effects here and there (water, fire).
Directors: Derek W. Hayes, Stanislav Sokolov Writer: Murray Watts Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Michael Bryant, Julie Christie, Richard E. Grant Genre: Animation | Biography | Drama Release Date: 31 March 2000 Runtime: 90 min Language: English Subtitle: Romana