“Parable,” an award-winning film produced for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, is being made available on VHS and DVD by EcuFilm, the ecumenical media distribution service of United Methodist Communications.

The allegorical film portrays the Passion of Jesus through the story of a circus clown who both comforts his fellow performers and disrupts their lives. In true mime fashion, “Parable” has no actor dialogue or subtitles, although it includes a musical track.

Set in authentic circus surroundings from the Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wis., “Parable” opens to a black screen and a voice-over that explains the context of the film: “In the Gospels, Jesus teaches us by using parables. Through them, comes God’s message in simple story form.”

Produced by a predecessor organization of the Council of Churches of the City of New York, “Parable” debuted at the fair’s Protestant and Orthodox Center in May 1964.

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