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The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Il vangelo secondo Matteo (original title)
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Motion Picture which will be seen by the entire world - up to the end of the world!


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3 March 1965 (France)  »

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In keeping with his idea of Jesus Christ as the greatest revolutionary of all time, Pier Paolo Pasolini considered casting Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg in the role. He changed his mind when he met Enrique Irazoqui, a Spanish student of literature, who has written a thesis about Pasolini's novel "Ragazzi di vita" and was very curious to meet him. See more »


When they are taking Christ down from the cross, in the distance you can see a car driving around a corner. See more »


Christ: Capharnaum, do you hope to be lifted to heaven? You shall fall low as hell.
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Referenced in Teorema (1968) See more »


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A Film worth dying for!
10 May 2001 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, so maybe not quite, but this is still an excellent film, by far the best depiction of the last days of Jesus's life. By taking the view that Jesus was a revolutionary rather than emphasising the religious aspects the film succeeds in presenting a unique view of the life, and death, of Jesus and the reactions of his followers. There are no mystical halos descending from heaven, no "angelic music" and none of the other cliches that Hollywood's attempts at presenting the story usually contain. Instead the humanity of those who lived the story comes through, and by doing this the film takes on emotional, even religious intensity totally lacking in other, larger budget depictions of Christ. Possibly the most moving part of all is the moment Peter realises he has disowned Jesus three times. This isn't portrayed as some great epic biblical act, the denial of the Messiah, but rather as the actions of a man, scared for himself, who, when he realises that he has betrayed his friend runs away in shame sobbing uncontrollably. the scene is given even more dramatic impact through the music, taken from Bach's St Matthews Passion, which perfectly fits the mood of the moment. Overall this is a brilliant film and anyone remotely interested in either good film making, the relationships between human beings under pressure, or the final days of Christ should see it.

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