Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964)

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Relating his facts in straight-on documentary fashion, Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1964 Biblical film stars Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus. In it, Christ and his followers are depicted as gentle radicals working against the grain of the unjust Roman power structure. Typically offbeat Pasolini touches include having Satan disguise himself as a Catholic priest and the casting of the director's own mother as the Virgin Mary. The music is selected from a variety of sources, from Bach to American spirituals. Il … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Pier Paolo Pasolini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 22, 2003
Runtime:
Water Bearer Films Inc.

Cast


as Mary (younger)

as Mary (older)

as John the Baptist

as Bartholomew

as James, Son of Alpheu...

as James, son of Zebede...

as Thaddeus

as Pontius Pilate

as Herod the Great

as Herod Antipas

as Herodias

as Jesus Christ

as Angel of the Lord

as Joseph of Arimathea

as Mary of Bethany

as A young shepherd

as A pharisee
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Critic Reviews for Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

Pasolini uses a complex but seemingly stark and simple visual style, and he evokes wonderful performances from nonprofessionals Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, and Marcello Morante.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This highly political interpretation of the passion is as scandalous in its own way as Mel Gibson's but more poetic, more contemporary in its impact, and more serious in its overall morality.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Certainly Pasolini's most satisfying movie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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The consequence is a crescendo of excitement and involvement with the fervor and passion of Jesus and an accumulating sense of the irony and tragedy of Jesus' suffering, in historical as well as spiritual terms.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Tells the life of Christ as if a documentarian on a low budget had been following him from birth.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

At once primeval and immediate

Full Review… | February 27, 2015
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew)

½

the most beautiful gospel film i have seen...made by an openly gay communist and dedicated to the pope. amazing faces!

rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

The controversial Pier Paolo Pasolini retells the life of Jesus Christ in a much more honest way than many of the "socially accepted" filmmakers who tried to do the same. Told in neorrealist key, without embellishment nor grandiloquence, and that's where the beauty and the greatness of the film comes, from its natural feel and simplicity.

pier007
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

Best film about Jesus- bar none.

YLOWBSTARDreturns
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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