The Gospel According to St. Matthew
- Pier Paolo Pasolini
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Wednesday, April 03, 2002
Pier Paolo Pasolini taught the world a lesson in 1964, when he filmed this straightforward, absolutely unpretentious, anti-Hollywood version of the Gospel. Since Pasolini was a fervent Marxist, he based his screenplay in the writings of the Apostle Matthew. Jesus is thus portrayed as a man who defends equality and good deeds with no need of remuneration, at least in the world as we know it.
One of the biggest assets of this movie is its cast. All unknown faces, all newcomers. A Spanish actor by the name of Enrique Irazoqui plays Jesus with such simplicity and humbleness that it’s unbelievable. The same happens with Susanna Pasolini, the director’s mother, who plays Mary. The film puts these people in believable sets that have nothing extraordinary in them, which continuously gives the viewer a feeling of realism like no Hollywood movie could ever attempt. The photography is exquisite too.
This masterpiece could very well be considered the best film about Jesus Christ to date. Out of the hundreds that have been made, it’s surely the best I’ve seen.
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