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|Directed by:||Martin Scorsese|
|Written by:||Paul Schrader|
|Cast:||Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Paul Greco, Steve Shill|
I finally re-watched Martin Scorsese's visually striking The Last Temptation of Christ and wow what a movie! I found the insecure, resistive (in terms of him being the lamb), and at times angry portrayal of Christ (tackled by a brilliant Willem Dafoe) mucho compelling. And the same went for Christ's internal tug of war between wanting to do right by God while being confused by his human desires and fears. In 1988 the film was considered blasphemous due to its drastic departure from the Gospels and its depiction of Christ as a flawed human being. His "last temptation" (having to do with Mary Magdalene) also had everybody in an uproar. I hope that today Christians are able to watch the film with more of an open mind and to see it for what it is: a bold, nuanced and gripping character study that was inspired by the Gospels and that was never meant to be a faithful interpretation of it. Oh and Peter Gabriel's score = astounding!