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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie

Director(s): Martin Scorsese

Language: English

Genre: Epic / Myth


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... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on August 18, 2005, 3:13 am
One of my favorite movies, and definitely my favorite Christ movie. I've always liked the Christ story, true or not, it's intriguing. And Scorsese, who normally does gangster-themed stuff, really paints a masterpiece here - this is probably my favorite Scorsese film too. Forget all the hype about whether or not Christ was like this blah blah blah, it's just a great story told with a 'what if?' angle to it. It made me read the book afterwards, which I wasn't able to put down once I started. It was Christastic!
MasterWoodsman wrote on August 18, 2005, 8:10 am
Agreed. And don't forget the excellent soundtrack by Peter Gabriel that went on to a whole series of albums. I must have listened to that soundtrack 1000 times.
Deril wrote on August 18, 2005, 8:54 pm
Never seen it, but I am not so interested in the whole "christ theme". Not sure if I'd enjoy this one.
Jefferygn wrote on August 22, 2005, 8:23 am
Mood: Life sucks, but you've gotta carry on I guess
Brilliant film. One of my favorites of all time. The theme in the film I love so much is Christ's frustration and anger at being chosen for such a role in life. The burden it causes him is much too painful. I relate to it (very loosely mind you) in the sense that we are all burdened with things in our life we cannot entirely control, that in our low moments cause us to shake our fists in anger at "god" - or whatever unnamed force we sometimes blame for our ills.

Interestingly, I too read the book, and actually preferred the film.

Soundtrack, Passion, is my favorite album of all time.
Deril wrote on August 22, 2005, 12:18 pm
Jeff, Sounds like you're describing the Vader scene in Episode 3 where he finds out that his love has died.."NOOOOOOOO!"
Papamikey wrote on August 22, 2005, 2:42 pm
Absolutely astounding film...both for it as a film and as a theological statement. What was the Son of God like as a PHYSICAL living breathing man? Was he not crippled by all the doubts, fears, passions and decisions all us unwashed, filthy masses have?

I also "admired" it at the time as a demonstration to prove just how fucking near-sighted right-wing holy-rollers can be. Boycotts and protests, my god, do these people even SEE the movie?

Papa Mikey!

P.S. Love the album, too!
Jefferygn wrote on August 22, 2005, 6:41 pm
The irony in all the born-again protests is that Christ in the end, despite all the very satisfying and fulfilling temptation - to live a life as a normal human - chooses to go back to being on the cross and being the son of god. So, in keeping with the gospel, he chooses his destiny. If I were one of these religious nuts, I would be even more enthused for christ, thinking that given the option he *chose* to make the sacrifice - i.e., his human fraility was tested and yet still he chose to inspire 2000 years of bloodshed and self righteous behaviour.
Deril wrote on August 9, 2007, 1:12 am
Well with 4 stars across the board, I have a copy in hand and will try to watch this at some point this week. Again, the subject matter doesn't thrill me, but I'll give it a go and see what happens.

This will be my "Mitch recomendation" of the week (this and Brazil)
Deril wrote on August 10, 2007, 12:28 pm
I can't believe I enjoyed this as much as I did, but I did!

pleasantly surprised. I never would have even thought to watch this if Mitch hadn't told me how great it is. Acting was incredible all around. Dafoe was Oscar worthy (IMO).

It was weird knowing that Scorcese directed this, as it's nothing like any of his movies I've seen. Brilliant job, story well told.

MasterWoodsman wrote on August 10, 2007, 1:23 pm
So when are you converting?
Deril wrote on August 10, 2007, 3:07 pm
Funny, I was gonna ask you the same question :)

Us Jews have it pretty good...well I guess Jesus didn't..

Aside from the no pork business, all we do is laze about, eat well and blow our shofars all day long!

Papamikey wrote on August 10, 2007, 3:54 pm
Now now...there's NOTHING wrong with being a WASP....

Papamikey wrote on August 10, 2007, 3:57 pm
SEE??! Being a WASP is COOOOOOooooLLL:

MasterWoodsman wrote on August 11, 2007, 12:58 am
Protestants didn't do too bad on the eating either!

motleymitch wrote on August 11, 2007, 12:24 pm
Hey, believe me, all Derek does is blow his shofar all day long! (ZING!)

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