A Film Blog by Michael Glover Smith
How do you like your cinematic Jesus? I prefer mine with a Marxist slant.
He always seems so pissed off in that movie. Maybe he was upset because he miss out on being in Salo?
Ha! Pasolini was the man. Have you heard about this new Abel Ferrara-directed Pasolini biopic in which Willem Dafoe plays PPP (just to tie all of the comments on this thread together)? Check out these photos from the set: http://thefilmstage.com/news/first-look-willem-dafoe-inhabits-pasolini-for-abel-ferraras-upcoming-feature/
Yikes. Mirrors reflection upon mirrors in these comments!
I guess Dafoe does have that spectral look Pasolini was sporting towards the end.
My favorite Jesus is William Dafoe from Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
Dafoe was indeed great. But Bach, Blind Willie Johnson and Mahalia Jackson on the St. Matthew soundtrack > Peter Gabriel’s Last Temptation soundtrack.
Happy Easter to you too:) Here are my favorite films dealing with Jesus Christ. Interestingly or not, neither of them are big-budget Hollywood spectacles. Here they are:
* * * * (Out of * * * *)
1. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966) (Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini)
2. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) (Dir: Martin Scorsese)
* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)
1. The Passion of the Christ (2004) (Dir: Mel Gibson)
* * * (Out of * * * *)
1. King of Kings (1961) (Dir: Nicholas Ray)
Keep up the great work as always:)
Correction: King of Kings is a big-budget spectacle and while it is neither a * * * * or * * * 1/2 star film, I felt like adding it anyway considering that I am a big fan of Nicholas Ray’s work even If that one was not one of his best or very best. P.S. what did you think of the films I just labeled as my favorite about Jesus Christ? Regards:)
Thanks for the reply, John. I like Nick Ray’s “I Was a Teenage Jesus” movie but I haven’t seen nor would I ever see Mel Gibson’s horrible, evil film.
Being Jewish, I felt the way you did about the Passion of the Christ – no way would I go to see it! Then thinking it over, I figured ‘Know Your Enemy’, and I did go to see it. One thing you have to give to Mel Gibson is that he is an effective film maker. The film is a visceral experience. Anti-Semitic? I fear so. Bad, inaccurate theology? Definitely. Torture porn? No doubt.
There is a huge moral and theological issue in so graphically depicting the Passion (that is the torturing and crucifixion) and giving almost no screen time to the point of the whole story, namely the Resurrection and Triumph Over Death.
As a Jew, I was outraged by the throwback cartoonish way the priests are depicted as the ones responsible for the whole mess. I think that the greater outrage should have been among the Fundamentalist Christians who praised the film to the skies. It seems to me that the cornerstone of Christianity is the Resurrection and not the bloody path to it. Mel was having none of that unfortunately.
And yes, I felt guilty for enjoying Apocalypto!
I’m an atheist myself so the whole idea of a blog post commemorating Easter was meant to be tongue-in-cheek to begin with. I do love Pasolini’s movie though.
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