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The Gospel According to St. Matthew - 1964

GROTE ZAAL | Online €5 | Kassa €6

Tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ability to simultaneously embrace conflicting philosophies—he was both a Catholic and a Marxist; a modern-minded, openly gay man who looked to the distant past for inspiration and comfort; a staunch leftist who at one point in the late sixties infamously spoke out against left-wing student protests (sympathizing instead with the working-class police)—was matched by the multifariousness of his professional life, as a filmmaker, poet, journalist, novelist, playwright, painter, actor, and all-around intellectual public figure. The outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous—even, to some minds, blasphemous.

All films are in Italian with English subtitles.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

 

This brilliant and entirely unforgiving neorealist Passion play by controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini looks as if it has been hacked from some stark rock. The texture and feel of what's on the screen is abrasive and uncompromising. It is made in black and white, and uses non-professionals, including the director's mother, as the older Mary, mother of Christ. The musical score switches sharply from Bach to classic blues. Actor Enrique Irazoqui's Jesus is eerily, almost disturbingly self-possessed. This really is raw film-making which presents the Messiah as emerging from the landscape, and out of Marxist ideology. A fierce magnesium flame of a movie.