The Mysterious Man of the Shroud

The Mysterious Man of the Shroud (Tues. (1), 8-9 p.m., CBS) Filmed in Israel, Texas, Arizona, Italy, California and Tennessee by Landau Entertainment Inc. Executive producer-director, Terry Landau; co-exec producer, Krista Errickson; writers, Chris Auer, Landau; story, Landau, Piero Di Pasquale; camera, Guy Kinkead; editor, Dave Basinski. Host: Hector Elizondo That phenomenon of the Shroud of Turin, covered by yesteryear's Sunday newspaper supplements, theaters' selected short subjects and TV spex, now reappears as a handsome spec that traces the cloth and investigates some DNA findings. Writers Chris Auer and Terry Landau suggest the linen shroud covered either Jesus of Nazareth or a 1300 s fraud victim, murdered to take in dough from the gullible. Well-done investigation --- or roundup of investigations --- answers little definitively but at least revisits a pop subject: What's behind the Shroud of Turin? Spec offers a quick-step biog of Jesus, a reverent look at the Crucifixion, and a summary of the historical aspects of the period. The lost years between the death of Jesus and the shroud's journey to France still yawn across the ages, but from medieval days on, there's an accounting --- after its shift from Jerusalem to France, it was transported to Turin, where it was installed in the Church of St. John the Baptist. The docu carefully pokes around theories, scientific inquiries, cautious theological observations, doubters' views. Interestingly, it displays "computer-graphic image" of the figure that once rested in the shroud. Whether it's the image of Jesus on the cloth or of a much later male, when it emerges the three-dimensional form is stunning. Disbelievers speak out. Others, bothered by the extraordinariness of the entire presence, hesitantly express feelings. The Church takes no firm stand, but people worldwide crowd in to see the 12-foot-long piece of linen that had been unexplainedly folded over the face and head --- and on which the image of a man stands imprinted in dusty perpetuity. As the docu wisely says, referring to the ancient shroud, "What it means to the believer is what's important, for symbols move us powerfully and often unconsciously." Spec incorporates silent dramatizations that lend flavor, and host Hector Elizondo's gentle, reassuring style hits the right spot. The subject may be familiar, particularly since the carbon 14 dating in 1988, but this version should perk up interest. And attention. Slotted in a competitive hour, the story of the relic --- with its news of DNA testing, among countless other kinds --- should draw well. It's high drama, either a divine mystery or a spectacular fraud --- and if it's the latter , how are the countless questions answered? Landau and Auer at least pose the problem in a worthy, respectful consideration. AU:Tony Scott

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Host: Hector Elizondo

The Mysterious Man of the Shroud (Tues. (1), 8-9 p.m., CBS) Filmed in Israel, Texas, Arizona, Italy, California and Tennessee by Landau Entertainment Inc. Executive producer-director, Terry Landau; co-exec producer, Krista Errickson; writers, Chris Auer, Landau; story, Landau, Piero Di Pasquale; camera, Guy Kinkead; editor, Dave Basinski. Host: Hector Elizondo That phenomenon of the Shroud of Turin, covered by yesteryear’s Sunday newspaper supplements, theaters’ selected short subjects and TV spex, now reappears as a handsome spec that traces the cloth and investigates some DNA findings. Writers Chris Auer and Terry Landau suggest the linen shroud covered either Jesus of Nazareth or a 1300 s fraud victim, murdered to take in dough from the gullible. Well-done investigation — or roundup of investigations — answers little definitively but at least revisits a pop subject: What’s behind the Shroud of Turin? Spec offers a quick-step biog of Jesus, a reverent look at the Crucifixion, and a summary of the historical aspects of the period. The lost years between the death of Jesus and the shroud’s journey to France still yawn across the ages, but from medieval days on, there’s an accounting — after its shift from Jerusalem to France, it was transported to Turin, where it was installed in the Church of St. John the Baptist. The docu carefully pokes around theories, scientific inquiries, cautious theological observations, doubters’ views. Interestingly, it displays “computer-graphic image” of the figure that once rested in the shroud. Whether it’s the image of Jesus on the cloth or of a much later male, when it emerges the three-dimensional form is stunning. Disbelievers speak out. Others, bothered by the extraordinariness of the entire presence, hesitantly express feelings. The Church takes no firm stand, but people worldwide crowd in to see the 12-foot-long piece of linen that had been unexplainedly folded over the face and head — and on which the image of a man stands imprinted in dusty perpetuity. As the docu wisely says, referring to the ancient shroud, “What it means to the believer is what’s important, for symbols move us powerfully and often unconsciously.” Spec incorporates silent dramatizations that lend flavor, and host Hector Elizondo’s gentle, reassuring style hits the right spot. The subject may be familiar, particularly since the carbon 14 dating in 1988, but this version should perk up interest. And attention. Slotted in a competitive hour, the story of the relic — with its news of DNA testing, among countless other kinds — should draw well. It’s high drama, either a divine mystery or a spectacular fraud — and if it’s the latter , how are the countless questions answered? Landau and Auer at least pose the problem in a worthy, respectful consideration. AU:Tony Scott

The Mysterious Man of the Shroud

Tues. (1), 8-9 p.m., CBS

Production: Filmed in Israel, Texas, Arizona, Italy, California and Tennessee by Landau Entertainment Inc. Executive producer-director, Terry Landau; co-exec producer, Krista Errickson; writers, Chris Auer, Landau; story, Landau, Piero Di Pasquale

Crew: Camera, Guy Kinkead; editor, Dave Basinski.

Cast: Host: Hector Elizondo

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