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

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August 13, 2019
"Heightened realism," I had thought at first, and so it was, but as the film wore on the realism began to disappear and only the heightening remained.
November 20, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] This film seems to say that religious doctrine has worked as long as it has because its poetry is so beautiful. It also allows for the passing of generations who will eventually reject all religion because it is ultimately a lie.
February 27, 2015
At once primeval and immediate
March 3, 2013
Cinema's most impressive biblical movie to date.
March 1, 2013
Superb in every way, and possibly the film-maker's best.
February 28, 2013
A fierce magnesium flame of a movie.
April 21, 2012
Pasolini, a gay atheist Marxist, has made one of the most intriguing films about Jesus, cast with unknowns and shot in documentary style.
March 8, 2012
Definitely one for multiple viewings, and arguably up there with Pasolini's best.
August 21, 2009
A defiantly earthy anti-epic, Pasolini's Gospel is a period piece in costume only, placing its rather scruffy, contemporary-looking Christ in the steep southern Italian hills of Calabria.
April 19, 2009
Beautifully retells a spiritual story without resorting to the overbearing piousness that makes most American Bible films such well-intentioned slogs.
March 19, 2008
Seen as a Catholic-Marxist statement at the time, nearly 40 years on, Pasolini's cinematic accomplishment still impresses.
November 24, 2007
Pier Paolo Pasolini benefited from the very austerity that underlies the particular and at the same time universal center of this film.
October 23, 2007
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.
October 23, 2007
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.
September 5, 2007
A quirky version of Matthew's story, one that was closer in accord with fundamentalist beliefs than Marxist tenets.
October 22, 2006
June 24, 2006
Certainly Pasolini's most satisfying movie.
June 10, 2006
June 8, 2006
It's Jesus Christ's greatest hits in this Pasolini classic, a scrappy and odd adaptation of, as the title suggests, the Book of Matthew.
August 4, 2005
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