The Last Temptation of Christ (Criterion Collection) R

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  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 18, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: Criterion Collection

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TOMATOMETER
...This is a hugely ambitious and genuinely reverent film...
Premiere
Jun 1, 2003
...One of the most controversial films of the 80s...
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 2001
...Scorsese varies his calm moments with swirling ones, brimming with visual rapture...
Los Angeles Times
Aug 12, 1988
...THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST finally exerts enormous power....[A] mightily affirmative, truly visceral impact...
New York Times
Aug 12, 1988

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This striking vision from the mind of director Martin Scorsese offers an allegorical interpretation of the last days of Jesus Christ, based on the book by Nikos Kazantzakis. Based strictly on Kazantzakis's book, the film has a very different focus than past portraits of the "Messiah." This Jesus (Willem Defoe) is a man wracked with doubt over his position among his followers and fear of the role God has chosen for him, as well as the pain that must accompany it. He is unsure whether the messages he receives come from God or Satan, and he is tempted by a mortal life filled with earthly possessions and sensual love, resulting in a controversial, though genuinely sympathetic, account of Christianity's most revered figure.

Scorsese establishes a dreamlike mood by combining Michael Ballhaus‘s photography with a transcendent soundtrack by Peter Gabriel in order to fully explore the idea that perhaps Jesus was both God and man. Rather than train his assembled cast to deliver their lines in historically accurate dialects, Scorsese lets each individual speak with their true accent, which makes for an initially jarring, yet eventually moving, experience. In addition to Defoe, Barbara Hershey, David Bowie, and Harvey Keitel all deliver sincere performances that fulfill Scorsese's vision even more completely.

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  • UPC: 715515010528
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