RKO Radio Pictures presents “The Holy Land,” a 1934 black-and-white film that was part of the Vagabond Adventure Series. Opening with the Easter hymn “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” the film quickly takes the viewer to the Israeli seaport city of Jaffa (mark 00:35). There are scenes of merchants selling their wares in marketplaces and children frolicking in the Sea of Galilee (mark 02:25) and see a 1,000-year-old yet still operational water wheel at mark 02:40 that provides irrigation to neighboring fields. By mark 03:50 we are in Jerusalem and enter the Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City (mark 04:28). We see the Western Wall (mark 04:54) where men and women are shown worshipping, reading from Hebrew prayer books, and placing their intentions in the wall’s small crevices. At mark 06:30, a man is shown walking down the same street that Jesus Christ is said to have traveled toward his crucifixion, and then see the Tower of David, an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to western edge of Jerusalem. Finally, we are shown the entrance to Christ’s tomb (mark 07:00) and the altar over the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (mark 07:33) as strains of the religious hymn mark the end of the film.
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