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Il vangelo secondo Matteo

Pier Paolo Pasolini France, 1964

Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Christmas viewing 2014, which is only partly ironic. By treating the Gospel as a work of literature/poetry, the notoriously atheistic Pasolini found surprising perspectives, cutting around FX, leaving in legit Biblical details that a crowd-pleaser like DeMille would surely have left out, and analyzing the story for its elemental power and beauty. A requiem for faith. The only real sacrilege is Jesus's unibrow.