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Release Date:
2 October 1964 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The most realistic and believable portrayal of Jesus I have ever seen See more (58 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Thanks
Pope John XXIII .... dedicatee
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il vangelo secondo Matteo" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
137 min | USA:91 min (edited version)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When they are taking Christ down from the cross, in the distance you can see a car driving around a corner.See more »
Quotes:
Christ:Many are called, but few are chosen.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Dissonant-quartet (KV 465)See more »

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47 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
The most realistic and believable portrayal of Jesus I have ever seen, 11 November 2003
Author: joseph-sparrow from Richmond, VA USA

After reading all of the reviews listed prior to my entry I find it hard to agree with how Pier Paolo Pasolini's sexuality or political views are even worth mentioning. What is worth mentioning is the wonderfully dramatic portrayal of the story of Jesus by amateur actors. The lack of so-called special effects is not something that even crossed my mind when viewing this movie. The artistic mixture of poetic verse from the New Testament combined with beautiful vistas and believable characters bring the story of Jesus to life on a personal level.

Pasolini's Biblical adaptation of the Gospel of Matthew far surpasses present day movies of this genre in its overall effect on the viewer. The real substance of the film, the story of Jesus, is not glossed over with big budget extras, professional actors, and special effects which only seem to overshadow the awe inspiring wisdom of the words spoken by Jesus in the New Testament.

The fact that the actors are of Mediterranean decent only serves to make the film more believable. The costumes and settings appear to be more realistic than the Hollywood versions that I have seen in other Biblical films. The Jewish Church leaders with their alien looking hats show how detached and imposing these figures must have appeared to the common people of the time of Jesus. When Jesus threatens their positions of power by bringing God directly to the people without need of a temple or an interpreter it sheds light on how these leaders felt threatened by a "poor son of a carpenter".

Most films of this genre focus more on the Romans oppression of Jesus without showing the betrayal by the Jewish leaders that led to the unjust crucifixion of Jesus.

I highly recommend this film to anyone who has become bored with seeing the story of Jesus on film. If you think that you have seen it all and do not want to sit through yet another trumped up version of the story of Jesus then I suggest that you view this movie, for it succeeds where all others have failed.

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