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A Polite Bribe

A Polite Bribe

St Augustine of Hippo,Letter 40, to Jerome (397):
“If it be possible for men to say and believe that, after introducing his narrative with these words, ‘The things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not’, the apostle (Paul) lied when he said of Peter and Barnabas, ‘I saw that they walked not uprightly, according to the truth of the gospel’,… [then] if they did walk uprightly, Paul wrote what was false; and if he wrote what was false here, when did he say what was true?”

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“Paul’s life, of which we get snippets from his letters and also from the accounts of others about him, was a dramatic one. Robert Orlando takes those details, and the insights and interpretations of scholars, and weaves them together with the skill of a filmmaker to provide a compelling narrative of Paul’s life, his aims, his struggles.” —James McGrath, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN “At a time when...

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Robert Orlando

Robert Orlando

For 20 years Robert Orlando has brought his cinematic vision to the screen, beginning with his mesmerizing 1988 film See Her Run, going on to represent New York University at the Tel Aviv Film Festival.

For several years after that he worked as a freelance editor, cinematographer and director in New York City, completing his first documentary La Famiglia and eventually starting Nexus Media; writing, directing and editing spots for clients such as Coke, Merrill Lynch and Conde Nast. Orlando also completed numerous scripts that were contracted, optioned or purchased, including The Road, later featured in William H. Phillips’ Writing Short Scripts.

In 2001, Orlando wrote and directed his debut feature Moment In Time, winning several awards and earning him a chance to work as a writer and director on the black comedy Choose Life with Peter Dobson and several other notables. He has also adapted the works of writers like Mark HelprinJonathan Lethem and Charles Ardai.

His latest film,  Silence Patton, will be theatrically released in Fall 2016.

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Imagine, if you will, a lost film. A dark, complex, and ancient film that once filled theaters and garnished mass accolades. Yet with the years’ passing, people forget, copies get destroyed or misplaced, and soon all that remains as evidence of the film’s existence are fragments of one critic’s reviews (Paul). Then, decades later, another enterprising filmmaker picks up those reviews, and, with additional facts and using oral reports, attempts to re-shoot the movie as near to the original as possible (Luke).

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Blogger James McGrath Reviews A Polite Bribe 
James McGrath,

An Interview with Director Robert Orlando
Rev. Jeffrey J. Bütz, S.T.M.

Interview: A Polite Bribe Director Robert Orlando
Mark Crowell, Writer, Cinedelphia

“A Polite Bribe” Is A Controversial Documentary
Valerie Knight, Host/Reporter, 98.1 WOGL- FM

“A Polite Bribe” 
Dave Muolo, Staff Writer,

How Saint Paul Bribed the Early Church
John Byron, Professor of New Testament, Ashland Theological Seminary

New Documentary on Paul by Robert Orlando
Jeffery Butz, Instructor of Religious Studies, Penn State University

Who was the Apostle Paul?
Bill Tameus, Faith Matters Blog

Review: A Polite Bribe
Dr. David M. May, NT Studies

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Reviews From Scholars

“Its engrossing 80 cinematic minutes portray a Paul convincingly situated in his first century Mediterranean setting and immersed in conflict with Christ-movement leaders in Jerusalem

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Media Reviews

If Oliver Stone ever became a Bible scholar, he might turn out a movie a bit like A Polite Bribe”.
Amy Longsdorf, The Morning Call

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