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The Gospel According to St. Matthew -- Pasolini portrays a realistic and biblically sympathetic presentation of the Gospel.


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2 October 1964 (Italy) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini 

Produced by
Alfredo Bini .... producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Production Design by
Luigi Scaccianoce 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Fantacci 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Makeup Department
Marcello Ceccarelli .... makeup artist
Lamberto Marini .... assistant makeup artist
Mimma Pomilia .... hair stylist
Production Management
Manolo Bolognini .... production manager
Eliseo Boschi .... production supervisor
Enzo Ocone .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurizio Lucidi .... assistant director
Paolo Schneider .... assistant director
Vincenzo Cerami .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Elsa Morante .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dante Ferretti .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Mario Del Pezzo .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ettore Catalucci .... title & optical effects (SPES) (as E. Catalucci)
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Canfarelli Modica .... first assistant camera (as Gianni Canfarelli Modica)
Vittorugo Contino .... assistant camera (as Victor Hugo Contino)
Angelo Novi .... set photographer
Giuseppe Ruzzolini .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Piero Cicoletti .... assistant costumer
Piero Farani .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Andreina Casini .... assistant editor
Music Department
Luis Bacalov .... music arranger (as Luis E. Bacalov)
Other crew
Lina D'Amico .... script supervisor
Bruno Frascà .... production secretary
Vincenzo Taito .... administration inspector
Cesare Barbetti .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Gianni Bonagura .... voice dubbing: Marcello Morante (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Mario Socrate (uncredited)
Emanuela Rossi .... voice dubbing: Rossana Di Rocco (uncredited)
Enrico Maria Salerno .... voice dubbing: Enrique Irazoqui (uncredited)
Pope John XXIII .... dedicatee
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Also Known As:
"Il vangelo secondo Matteo" - Italy (original title)
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137 min | USA:91 min (edited version)
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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 »
Anachronisms: When they are taking Christ down from the cross, in the distance you can see a car driving around a corner.See more »
[last lines]
Christ:All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy ghost teaching them to obey all the commandments I have given you. Behold, I am with you always, unto the end of the world.
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Jesus Film (1979)See more »
Fuga (Ricercata) a 6, Nr. 2See more »


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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the best movie ever made about Jesus, 4 May 1999
Author: Dubh from Rome, Italy

"Il Vangelo secondo Matteo" is probably the best film ever made about Jesus. The very sparseness of visual effects is evocative and highly suggestive: the supernatural is attained by showing very natural, even lowly people. Such an effect is emphasized by the use of non-professional actors: Pasolini probably owes something to the medieval Italian tradition of "rappresentazione sacra" (a representation of important moments of Jesus's life offered by everyday people), which is still practised nowadays. The powerful effect of Jesus's preaching is very well rendered by Pasolini, and this helps to forgive some poetical licenses on his part. In the end, anyway, this is not a movie you remain indifferent to: either you love it or you hate it. And this, maybe, is what contributes to making it a faithful representation of Jesus's life.

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