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The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Il vangelo secondo Matteo (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 3 March 1965 (France)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Irazoqui Enrique Irazoqui ... Cristo
Margherita Caruso Margherita Caruso ... Maria (giovane)
Susanna Pasolini Susanna Pasolini ... Maria (vecchia)
Marcello Morante Marcello Morante ... Giuseppe
Mario Socrate Mario Socrate ... Giovanni Battista
Settimio Di Porto Settimio Di Porto ... Pietro
Alfonso Gatto Alfonso Gatto ... Andrea
Luigi Barbini Luigi Barbini ... Giacomo
Giacomo Morante Giacomo Morante ... Giovanni
Giorgio Agamben Giorgio Agamben ... Filippo
Guido Cerretani Guido Cerretani ... Bartolomeo
Rosario Migale Rosario Migale ... Tommaso
Ferruccio Nuzzo Ferruccio Nuzzo ... Matteo
Marcello Galdini Marcello Galdini ... Giacomo figlio di Alfeo
Elio Spaziani Elio Spaziani ... Taddeo
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 March 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gospel According to St. Matthew See more »

Filming Locations:

Apulia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

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$16,041
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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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.
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Alternate Versions

The 2007 DVD release features a colorized, English-dubbed version with a run time of 91 minutes and an Italian-language black and white version running 136 minutes. See more »

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Version of Day of Triumph (1954) See more »

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Fuga (Ricercata) a 6, Nr. 2
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
(arr. Anton Webern (as Anton von Webern))
from "Das Musikalische Opfer", BWV 1079
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Pasolini's "Cinema of Poetry"
19 November 1998 | by basterSee all my reviews

After "La Ricotta", Pasolini was indicted by the church for blasphemy. The film apparently contained references to Homosexuality (it does). He was convicted and given a suspended sentence. So when it was announced that his next feature was "The Gospel According to St. Matthew," you can guess what the church's response was. Pasolini made the film anyway. The result is one of the most exciting examples of Pasolini's "Cinema of Poetry". I have read many comments about this film that criticize it for its elipses, bad acting and apparent lack of visual prowness. I will attest to you, though, that this film not only creates an honest 20th century portrait of Jesus but also dives deeply into Pasolini's masterful art of filmmaking. Pasolini was way ahead of his time like many other Italian filmmakers of the sixites. The supposed bad acting, elipses and visuals in the film were all done on purpose. They aren't bad. In fact, thay force a patient viewer to look deeply into the minds and thoughts of the characters surrounding Jesus. The Gospel has been told many ways, but no one ever dared to tell the story on a personal level. Pasolini invites the viewer to experience the Gospel in a differnt way. With a wonderful mix of religious music (American, Brazilian, etc.), the film reaches out to the entire Christian world. I can go on and on about the other wonders this film has to offer, but instead I'll just recommend you watch it. When you do, don't pay attention to what's missing, but to what is there on screen. The film will make a lot more sense. Even for non-believers (myself included), this is an exciting film.


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