The Book of Life (1998 film)

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This article is about the 1998 film. For the 2014 film, see The Book of Life (2014 film).
The Book of Life
Directed by Hal Hartley
Produced by
  • Simon Arnal
  • Caroline Benjo
Written by Hal Hartley
Cinematography Jim Denault
Edited by Steve Hamilton
Release dates
  • February 25, 1998 (1998-02-25)
Running time
63 minutes
Language English

The Book of Life is a 1998 film by Hal Hartley. In the film, Jesus returns to earth on the eve of the new millennium planning to bring about the apocalypse, but finds himself surprisingly enamored of humanity. It stars Martin Donovan as Jesus, and PJ Harvey as Mary Magdalene. Yo La Tengo appear as a Salvation Army band.


  • ABC Limelight magazine, July 2005, quoting Hartley on the D. W. Griffith reference.

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