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Big screen classics

The Gospel According to Matthew

Il Vangelo secondo Matteo

Pasolini’s classic account of the life of Christ foregoes pomp and piety to present him as a political man fighting social injustice.

Image from The Gospel According to Matthew

Italy-France 1964
Dir Pier Paolo Pasolini
With Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
137min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Unsurprisingly but persuasively, the Marxist Pasolini’s take on the life of Christ depicts him as a determinedly political animal, fuelled by anger at social injustice. The film’s beauty – like, perhaps, its plausibility – lies in its very simplicity; the monochrome camerawork, the use of non-professional actors and the harsh landscapes of Southern Italy make for a stark ‘realism’ very different from most earlier movies based on the Bible.

The screening on Wed 1 Apr will be introduced by academic Catherine Wheatley, King’s College London.


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