Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Il vangelo secondo Matteo) (1964)

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini. 137 min. Italy/France. Biography/Drama/History.

Pasolini's black-and-white account of Christ is considered by many to be the story's best cinematic rendering ever. But I would go with Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ (or even Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth) any day. One point to its credit, is that many crucial scenes are shot as though seen from the viewpoint of a bystander (e.g. from among a crowd), probably the director's. Nevertheless, Pasolini was a Marxist, an atheist, and a homosexual. Best Christ movie ever ... or the power of a camera in anybody's hand, at promoting any subject?

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