Originally produced for special jukebox machines called Panorams, "soundies" were short musical programs made in the 1940s. This collection features performance footage showcasing four of the greatest big band leaders of all time. Highlights include Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher," Count Basie's "Take Me Back Baby" and Lucky Millinder's "Hello Bill."
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation.