The Gospel According to St. Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

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Overview

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew pulls off the not inconsiderable trick of imbuing the familiar Biblical story with Pasolini's own special brand of Marxism. The film eschews the usual Hollywoodized reverence afforded religious stories, opting for a near-documentary approach with nonprofessionals in the leading roles. Christ and his followers are depicted as gentle radicals working against the grain of the unjust Roman power structure -- and despite this flirtation with charges of blasphemy, the film is more spiritually faithful to the writings of St. Matthew than most "straight" approaches to the material. Typically offbeat Pasolini touches include having Satan disguise himself as a Catholic priest, and the casting of the director's own mother as the Virgin Mary. Filmed in Southern Italy (with no effort made to disguise this fact, nor to hide the anachronisms inherent in such a setting), The Gospel According to St. Matthew was well-distributed internationally, enjoying a far wider critical appraisal than most of Pasolini's earlier works. The DVD release offers a never-before-released documentary on the director.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
UPC: 0759259140400
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Water Bearer Films
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 2:15:00
Sales rank: 43,703

Special Features

Never-before-seen documentary "Pier Paolo Pasolini"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Enrique Irazoqui Jesus Christ
Margherita Caruso Mary, as a girl
Susanna Pasolini Mary, as a Woman
Marcello Morante Joseph
Mario Socrate John the Baptist
Settimo di Porto Peter
Otello Sestili Judas
Ferruccio Nuzzo Matthew
Alfonso Gatto Andrew
Enzo Siciliano Simon
Giorgio Agamben Philip
Guido Cerretani Bartholomew
Luigi Barbini James, son of Alphaeus
Marcello Galdini James, son of Zebedee
Elio Spaziani Thaddeus
Rosario Migale Thomas
Rodolfo Wilcock Caiaphas
Alessandro Tasca Pontius Pilate
Amerigo Bevilacqua Herod the Great
Franca Cupane Herodias
Paola Tedesco Salome
Francesco Leonetti Herod Antipas
Enrico Maria Salerno Jesus Christ
Giacomo Morante John the Apostle
Renato Terra A pharisee
Ninetto Davoli A young shepherd

Technical Credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini Director,Screenwriter
Luis Enriquez Bacalov Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Nino Baragli Editor
Alfredo Bini Producer
Ettore Catallucci Special Effects
Marcello Ceccarelli Makeup
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrea Fantacci Set Decoration/Design
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Jane Huizenga Production Designer
David D. Martin Executive Producer
Carlo Rustichelli Score Composer
Luigi Scaccianoce Art Director

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The Gospel According to St. Matthew 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is this? Dubs? On HIS film? It wouldn't be so bad if you could change the audio track from English and use subtitles but English is the only audio track. I hate dubs as far as I'm concerned, whenever someone speaks the dub, its not the directors film any more. And it wouldn't be so bad if the dubbing wasn't so abrupt. And there's the problem with the menus. Of all the DVD players I tried this with, you cannot work the menus... you have to trick your way into watching the movie. Bad bad bad. But at least the cover is pretty. The film gets twenty billion stars. This DVD gets one star out of those twenty billion, only for its nice video quality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.