The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ

DVD - 2000
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A controversial film interpretation of the life of Christ, based on the equally controversial book.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, [2000]
Edition: Director approved Special edition, Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781559409032
1559409037
Branch Call Number: 889.3 K23t3
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (163 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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richmole
Apr 30, 2018

Read about this movie--Conversations with Scorsese, Richard Schickel--AFTER I had seen it. I'm putting a hold on it again, can't wait to view it a second time. The director said, "...the time was right, in the early eighties, for another approach--just to deal with the idea of what Jesus really represented and said and wanted, which was compassion and love. To deal with this head-on. To do it in such a way that I would provoke and engage the audience."
Oh, boy. Shows you how wrong you can be.

Millions resented Scorcese's take on Christ and the outrage was HUGE. "I expected SOME controversy. But I expected it to be intelligent. I expected discussion and dialogue."
Wrong again. Placard-carrying mobs of people, blocking theatre box-offices.

The really BIG issue: Jesus--a man, after all--has sexual feelings. And then, Judas: "Why did he do what he did? For 30 pieces of silver? Thirty pieces of silver is nothing. It's not for the money. Something else had to have gone down, was going on." Like, maybe the rest of the apostles ALL thought Jesus was over the top, and they needed a scape-goat? Someone to sacrifice? Well, after all, if it works for God... Oh, boy!

This, on top of the arduous production itself: "It was the worst shoot, you can't imagine." Scorcese fought the low budget, he fought the weather, he fought the deadline. He couldn't see "rushes" (what he shot the day before); there were no projectors in the middle of the Moroccan desert. "I did the film blind."

Can't wait to see it again.

the screenplay is by Paul Shrader; he steals a plot twist from Ambrose Bierce. Film cost 7 million to make, and looks it. Great commentary track, featuring the director and Shrader and Dafoe.

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trcookIIImddmd
Feb 07, 2018

Poor old JC; pretty much follows King James, but has a funky alternative ending, ala hollywood.

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JihadiConservative
May 04, 2016

Wow. Martin Scorcese is on my top 3 favorite directors but jeez, he bombed this one. It was a big joke. Stick to Scorcese's masterpieces such as "Goodfellas" and do yourself a favor and skip this one. It was a disturbing and pointless film.

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thronsonerik
Jan 29, 2016

The greatest movie I have ever seen. The soundtrack is devastating, Gabriel is sick. I am a Christian and a movie lover 80+thousand movies (I know add the hours)
Kubrick, Scorsese, stone, tarantino, Rodriquez, zack Snyder......

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ghostserver
Feb 03, 2015

I really liked Bazooka_Joe's comment "was nothing but a babbling, clueless schizophrenic who actually had conversations with burning bushes and blindly believed the "God" worked in mysterious ways"; I think this was exactly what Scorsese was going for. What would Jesus's behaviours look like to the rest of us before he accepted his destiny as saviour of the world? Shows his unwillingness to accept to such a heavy burden, showcasing his human qualities, weaknesses & desires before taking on the mantle 'Our Lord Jesus Christ'. Imagine a a crazy looking stranger from the desert shows up in your village & raises from the dead your rotting, fly eaten relative? Scorsese scores with his creepy, gritty depiction of the realities of Jesus's life & trials he endured. Engrossing

Well, kiddies - I seriously warn you, don't expect this grossly flawed, absurd and laughably pretentious tale about the ultimate "lost boy", Jesus Christ, to fit in with your starry-eyed ideas of religious revelation.

Containing just about every religious cliche in the book (and then some), our "fictionalized" story opens with Christ as an aimless, young, Jewish man whose means of employment is (get this!) building wooden crosses for the Romans so that they, in turn, can nail up his fellow countrymen in occupied Judea. (Can you believe it!!??)

In my opinion, actor Willem Dafoe certainly made for being an ultimately terrible Jesus Christ character. He really did. Not only did Dafoe totally lack a commanding screen-presence, but, his uninspiring "Christ" depiction convinced me that Jesus was nothing but a babbling, clueless schizophrenic who actually had conversations with burning bushes and blindly believed that "God" worked in mysterious ways.

Unfortunately, this film's high-handed, little story inevitably deteriorated into a dumb "ancient time" soap opera where Christ regularly screwed his wife (who was an ex-whore), went on family picnics with his kids, and tragically transformed into one of the biggest couch-potatoes that biblical times has ever seen.

My recommendation - Save yourself 2 hours and 40 minutes of blasphemous grief and watch something else instead.

THUD55 Apr 29, 2014

quite a story. this is not what they taught in Sunday school. a fascinating character study with a much different slant on the characters than what we have read in the Bible. I enjoyed it.

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modestgoddess
Aug 11, 2012

Very interesting take on the life of Christ - and Mary Magdalene, and the prophets/disciples, and especially Judas. Much to ponder here.

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