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Il messia

Roberto Rossellini Italien, 1975

Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Messiah

I am not insensitive to IL MESSIA's austere beauty and prefer the film by far to any tacky DeMillian bombast, Scorsesian guilty-Catholic "reimagining," or Gibsonian sadism, but it comes up short all the same. The deemphasizing of dramas and miracles causes it to feel lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, like. Is IL MESSIA, like Pasolini's, a "Jesus film for Marxists"? If so, what for? They have their own Messiah.