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

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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

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Concerto for violin and oboe in d minor (BWV 1060)
nr 2: Adagio
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17 February 2003 | by (Paris, FR) – See all my reviews

Each time I see that movie I'm barely able to speak right after that. Nor would I write extensive review. Open yourself and be prepared for the most unique voyage in the world of Pasolini; if the words "cinema of poetry" doesn't make sense after that film then nothing would. Bach and Prokofiev music add extreme intensity in simple, yet beautiful, screenplay. Forget about scene cutting and poor effects: just breath this film,treasuries lie here, right in front of you.

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