The Gospel According to St. Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

DVD - 2007
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Pier Paolo Pasolini's masterpiece comes to life in color in this film about the life of Jesus Christ according to Matthew. The story begins with His birth and illustrates how his teachings attracted not only his disciples, but crowds of believers. When the Pharisees, chief priests and elders learn of Jesus, they conspire to have Him arrested, beaten, tried and crucified on the cross.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Legend Films : Distributed by Genius Entertainment, c2007
Edition: 2007 color version
ISBN: 9781594445132
1594445133
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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cbond1c
Apr 26, 2018

Pier Paolo Pasolini was indeed one of Italy's greatest filmmakers. I would not say that this is one of his masterpieces, but rather an earlier effort, which contains some themes that we will see recurrent through-out his career. I have found that the DVD versions of some of his films do not contain transfers from actual film stock, rather some (example: Accatone) are even pulled from worn VHS tapes. Needless to say, this would greatly hamper the viewing experience. Hopefully, Criterion will continue their great work in this area.

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empbee
Mar 04, 2018

Interesting to watch the simply made movie depicting a radical Jesus.

mcmurray777 Feb 10, 2014

Skip the colorized version. The movie is originally 2 hours long but 30 minutes were cut out, leaving a choppy and unflattering result.

Not that the original B&W is much better. Pasolini is considered one of the three greatest Italian movie makers ever, but if this is one of his "masterpieces," then the state of Italian movies in 1960 must have been pathetic. I base this on the production values and not the content.

In the movie, Jesus is portrayed as a revolutionary-sort, unsmiling and at times downright nasty. Considering the state of Italy in 1960, this is probably why Pasolini was held in such high reverence. Today, one's opinion about the content will depend on their own beliefs about Jesus.

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