By Steve Daly
Updated March 13, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

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

Advertisement

Comments