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Biography - Solomon & Sheba: An Epic Love Story
Biography - Solomon Sheba An Epic Love Story
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2005     0hr 50min

His understanding of human nature made him the wisest man of the ancient world.The son of David and his beloved Bathsheba, Solomon was a 12-year-old prodigy when he ascended to the throne of Israel. Asked by god what spec...  more »


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Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Biography
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/27/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Race analyzed and then erased
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 05/19/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"In this documentary, interviewees say two things. First, they say Solomon and Sheba were different races from each other. Second, a man says racial tensions didn't exist back then as we would know them now. Fair enough, very realistic!

However, the actors that they had play Solomon and Sheba seemed to be of the same race. The medieval and Renaissance paintings they showed have the couple being the same race. The cover of the DVD shows them being of the same race. This is ludicrous. If I remember correctly, Sheba says in the Bible, "I am black and comely." Today, Arabs look different from Ethiopians. In the documentary "Falasha." they show an ancient Ethiopian drawing where clearly Solomon is white and Sheba is black. In a recent movie, Vivica Fox, an African-American actress, played Sheba and Ben Cross, a Caucasian male, played Solomon. I think this documentary did not want to show an interracial couple because of prejudice out there. Like many Biography episodes, this plays it safe. Just as Othello is usally played by a black man or someone darker than other Shakespearean characters, Sheba should have been shown as black here. I guess that kiss between Captain Kirk and Uhura is both in the past and still relevant today.

This documentary has interviewees that are male and female; Christian and Jewish. However and disappointingly, no Blacks, whether African-American or Ethiopian, were interviewed. Sheba isn't brought up until midway into the work, a possibly androcentric feature of the work. Maybe they should have just dedicated this to Solomon then. Unlike other Biography pieces, the narrator doesn't appear at the beginning or ending."