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Gospel According to Saint Matthew (The)

Italy, Italian, 137 mins

Original Title

Il vangelo secondo Matteo
  • Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Writer: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producer: Alfredo Bini

CGiii Comment

It's been described as lyrical, as poetic and the best film made about Christ.

Were they watching the same film?

The camera work - when not mounted - is incompetent.

The non-actors - that doyenne of neo-realism - can't act.

And the sound, the dubbing...a merciless contempt upon the ears.

It will go down in cinematic history as the first (and only) depiction of Christ with a uni-brow.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Enrique Irazoqui as Christ;
Margherita Caruso as Mary;
Susanna Pasolini as Mary;
Marcello Morante as Joseph;
Mario Socrate as John the Baptist;
Settimio Di Porto as Peter;
Alfonso Gatto as Andrew;
Luigi Barbini as James;
Giacomo Morante as John;
Giorgio Agamben as Philip;
Guido Cerretani as Bartholomew;
Rosario Migale as Thomas;
Ferruccio Nuzzo as Matthew;
Marcello Galdini as James son of Alphus;
Elio Spaziani as Thaddeus

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