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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Irazoqui ...
Margherita Caruso ...
Susanna Pasolini ...
Marcello Morante ...
Mario Socrate ...
Settimio Di Porto ...
Alfonso Gatto ...
Luigi Barbini ...
Giacomo Morante ...
Giorgio Agamben ...
Guido Cerretani ...
Rosario Migale ...
Ferruccio Nuzzo ...
Marcello Galdini ...
Elio Spaziani ...


Along a rocky, barren coastline, Jesus begins teaching, primarily using parables. He attracts disciples; he's stern, brusque, and demanding. He comes to bring a sword, not peace, he says. He's in a hurry, moving from place to place near the Sea of Galilee, sometimes attracting a multitude, sometimes being driven away. His parables often take on the powers that be, so he and his teachings come to the attention of the Pharisees, the chief priests, and elders. They conspire to have him arrested, beaten, tried, and crucified, just as he prophesied to his followers. After he dies, he appears to his disciples and gives them final instructions. Written by <>

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The Gospel According to St. Matthew  »

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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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