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This article deals with depictions of the Nativity of Jesus outside the fields of the figurative arts. For depictions in the fields of painting and sculpture, see Nativity of Jesus in art.



  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Part One (1880)



  • Rutland Boughton, English composer and founder of the original Glastonbury Festival, wrote a very popular Nativity opera in 1915 called Bethlehem. In sympathy with the General Strike and the miners lockout, he restaged it in 1926 in London, in modern dress, with Jesus born in a miner's cottage and Herod as the top-hatted capitalist, flanked by soldiers and police.[1]


  • Ben-Hur 's prologue recounts the Nativity, and Balthasar (a major character) also recounts it in the third person later in the film (1959).
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) begins with the Nativity.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian (1978) depicts the Magi arriving at the wrong stable and almost giving their gifts to the infant Brian, before realising their mistake and going next door to the stable where Jesus is.
  • The Nativity Story (2006)
  • Nativity (BBC Films; distributed by E1) scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on 4 December 2009.






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