Overlooked Movie Monday: The Last Temptation of Christ

by Eric Melin on April 5, 2010 · 1 comment

in Film

In conjunction with yesterday’s Easter celebration, contributor Phil Fava decided to tackle one of the most controversial films of the past few decades: Martin Scorsese‘s “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

Why did the film cause such a stir upon its release and why does it continually incite both vehement rage and admiration from people in all circles? What does it have to say about the enigmatic religious and historical figure? And exactly how awesome IS Peter Gabriel?

Regardless of how you feel about the film personally, be sure to check out today’s Overlooked Movie. And happy belated Easter!

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  • Jesse

    I never really understood the controversy about the movie. The supposedly controversial part is that – while on the cross – Jesus fantasizes about leading a normal human life (including having a wife and kids). I never thought that was a particularly offensive notion. In fact, I have found that this movie paints a portrait of Christ that is both fully human and fully devine – which is what he is supposed to be. I absolutely loved Willem DeFoe’s portrayal. I also own the soundtrack (best soundtrack I’ve ever heard). Go Nikos Kazantszakis!

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