The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a Marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.


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11 September 2013 | adamshl
| Literate, thought-provoking original
Pier Paolo Pasolini's Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964) certainly is different from most other Passion presentations. The look of the film is rather rustic, as most is filmed in natural, outdoor, settings. The cities of Matera and Apuilia are supplemented by some sixteen other Italian locales, all highly artistic yet natural.

There's an absence of elaborate costuming and period sets, with an often stark look giving at times a documentary feel to the proceedings. Pasolini's Christ, played by Enrique Iirazoqui, is quite level-headed in his orations and lacking in dramatics.

The DVD I received is a "doctored up" 90 minute colorized version with dubbed English dialogue, which I feel doesn't do justice to the original work. However, the disc contains as one of its supplemental features, the black and white 137 minute film. The latter, I feel, is the film Pasolini made and the one to see.

Since this writing a Blu Ray disc has been released (in 2012) with the 137 minute timing; I'm sure this is the preferred version to have.

The music, from Bach to Odetta, is certainly one of the film's more intriguing aspects which supplements a most original rendering of this often filmed story.

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Release Date:

3 March 1965



Country of Origin

Italy, France

Filming Locations

Apulia, Italy

Box Office

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