I must say, however, that I did not care for his casting of the Jєωess to play the part of Our Lady. I didn't like her or her looks ... so that put me off quite a bit.
Her looks were very off-putting, yes, probably an appeal to the Protestant crowd that wouldn't believe that Our Lady would still look young and beautiful in her middle age. But I still think she gave a great performance as the Blessed Virgin. Kind of like his switch of Our Lord crushing the head of the serpent in Gethsemane, rather than Our Lady (although I still love the image regardless).
I honestly think the best casting, thus far, of Our Lady was Olivia Hussey in Jesus of Nazareth:
I am thankful to Mel for providing all of those images ( From the Passion) to ponder while praying the Sorrowful mysteries- it has helped me a lot. Those images are what I visualize- its automatic now
It's the same for me. Especially the agony and the scourging, there's very few images of the scourging that can compare to what Mel filmed there. And the meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Way of the Cross makes me cry everytime: