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THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

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The Last Temptation of Christ

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
165 minutes
performer:
Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton
director:
Martin Scorsese
distributor:
Universal
author:
Paul Schrader
genre:
Historical, Drama

We gave it an A

It’s hard not to laugh when Keitel’s Judas appears to Dafoe’s Christ in the desert and intones, ”You don’t rekannize me?” But as director Martin Scorsese explains in a wry, illuminating audio track, street argot was played up in the adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ 1955 novel by scripters Jay Cocks and Paul Schrader (who also comment, along with Dafoe), in an attempt to get audiences thinking about spiritual issues in a way that dulcet-toned biblical epics no longer can. The mixed but worthwhile results were so demonized by conservative Christians that, as Scorsese says, ”Blockbuster Video to this day does not stack this picture in its racks.” Now, that’s a sacrilege. The movie: B The disc: A

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