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Posted February 24, 2003
Greatest Story Ever Told. . . by Pasolini.
I saw this film after viewing Pasolini's infamous Salo, and I tell you, it's suprising that he began this tame--well, not entirely. In Gospel, Pasolini takes the pespective of a Matthew-Marxism-prosubproletarianist (in a mouth-full), adapting a much-disputed yet much-honored classic tale with a twist. The tale (birth-life-death) of Christ has been tackled by many filmmakers; but not with the spare accuracy as this one. Pasolini's film is less controversial than it was at one time but some social classes may still be put off by the way Pasolini presents Christ and his Apostles. With that, The Gospel casts a lot of nonprofessional with few professional actors --a famous Pasolini speciality he called ''contamination.'' The actor playing Jesus looks more like a Spaniard (a likeness to actor Andy Garcia) than a Judean, and he has very few lines in the film; still his acting ability is nonetheless subtle and when he does speak his lines are purely artistic. Pasolini's own mother plays Mother Mary (hint, this is the same director who adapted Oedipus Rex) & has also been the subject of his literature and paintings. A superb film, hope it gets reissued again & again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.