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The Gospel according to St Matthew - Pier Paulo Pasolini (1964)




The plan was to watch Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but because of this and that I ended  up with this - with English dubbing.
Haven't seen it in many years, and it is an extraordinary movie from an exceptional director who managed the achievement to both be canonized by the Catholic Church ( for this one) and at the same time have one of his other movies (Salo - or the 120 days of Sodom)  put on index, and thus be forbidden for Catholics to watch. 

I don't fancy that many of his movies; he is to intellectual for me - but this one is the best Jesus-movie I know about. Made with amateurs and old equipment and told straight forward, true to the Gospel. It shows the misunderstood and lonely Jesus, tormented, angry and harsh who came to teach people of God's demands. Not much snuggle here.

Both Peter and Judas are interesting characters, with all the human flaws there is. Judas the proud traitor, who was needed for the scripture to be fulfilled - without Judas no salvation. And maybe he was the first to announce that Jesus is Christ. Peter, the rock who Jesus build his church upon, is so weak and full of fear and disbelieve that he betrays Jesus over and over again. 
Nice movie. (But I never understood why Jesus had to be baptised.)

Best cinematic adaptation of the Christ story I feel is The Last Temptation of Christ. The book is brilliant in its own rite. Mind you a touch too Catholic but then with Martin Scorsese directing what do you expect.
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Best cinematic adaptation of the Christ story I feel is The Last Temptation of Christ. The book is brilliant in its own rite. Mind you a touch too Catholic but then with Martin Scorsese directing what do you expect.

 

Need to rewatch this, been years since.

 

Though there are true Catholic elements in the movie (as the depiction of the last supper), the movie met with a lot of anger, and even some violence from many (far right) Catholics. Some bishops forbid Catholics to watch it, but not the Vatican - as far as I know.

 

This was because the move shows a Jesus full of doubt, as a traitor and dreaming of stepping down from the cross and marry Mary Magdalene, and when she dies, he marries the other Mary and then her sister Martha, and live the life of an ordinary man.

This is a truly heretic way of showing Jesus for the Catholic church, it undermines the whole concept of Jesus as Savior and the incarnated son of God. 

 

But, I guess there is an other way of interpret the Jesus figure: you can say he shows mankind's free will; Jesus could have chosen otherwise, he could have given up his sacrifice and could have lived a normal life; instead he chooses to give him self for mankind. In that way he comes to symbolize all ethical conflicts.

 

(Which is also an heretic a uncatholic view, since the gospels portrays Jesus as born as the son of God; he didn't choose to be Christ: as Pasolini shows in the tormented last night in Gethsemane: 'Not as I will, but as You will.')

 

Besides that: Happy Easter, moviefriends!

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The Big Heat - Fritz Lang (1953)

 

 

 

Liked this beauty about the cop who discovers that crimesyndicate has the policeforce in it's pocket. The women in this movie are just too stereotypic for me, guess it's due to the age of this movie, wouldn't got away with that 15 years later. But the lighting is just good, and the camerawork is also clever.

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The Stranger within a Woman aka The Thin Line. A man's guilty conscience comes under pressure after his friend's wife is found murdered. Wonderful soundtrack and one of the better films about the guilty conscience (off the top of my head at least. For comparison I watched Conflict with Bogart only shortly before this. That film is ok - nothing special though).

 

 

Billy Wilder's US directorial debut. A nice romcom with hints of Some Like it Hot. Ginger Rogers plays a woman pretending to be a girl so she can afford her train fare and falls for a soldier. But due to a series of circumstances, she continues with the sham.

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Rewatched this little known trilogy over the last month or so:



Brilliant first introduction to Lucas' fantastic universe. The above poster by Tom Jung is my favourite of the series (which now count four movies, IIRC). 4/5




The rare sequel that improves on nearly everything. 5/5




As much as I loved this in the cinema in 1983, watching it with the others it's clearly a step back. Still good though. 3/5

Watched these in Harmy's latest Despecialized Editions (thanks to @otc for the hook-up), and being able to see them in all their unfucked-up glory is really a privilege. The individual ratings aside, as a whole the trilogy is still a 5/5 for me.
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I really enjoy Spielberg's films, especially those early ones from the mid 70's and 80's when he already was this extremely talented and very playful director making some of the best movies of their genres. Rewatching this was nearly a 5/5 experience (like my recent revisit to Amity Island in Jaws was), except for some cartoonishly manic behaviour by Richard Dreyfuss' character near the middle, which dragged the movie down a little, so 4/5.
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Finally, just back from the cinema and this:



Expected it to be mediocre but it was worse. Excessive explosions, CGI pyrotechnics and the leveling of whole city blocks are some of the worst parts of this new batch of super hero movies, and Snyder's are the most boring of the bunch (and I rather liked his Watchmen adaptation). Stays clear of a minimum rating as Ben Afleck's Batman is pretty good (so are his suit and his Bat Cave), and it's kinda cute how he drives a vintage Aston Martin when he goes on a Bond'ish mission. No need to go into spoiler'ish details, but everything else is pretty bad. 2/5
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Khartoum - Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon (1966)

 

 


How much rubbish didn't the 60-ies bring? This is one example of it. Everything about this movie irritates me; the acting is so unnatural, the make up, the light, the script is unbelievable and the story is written in an imperialistic point of view where the natives are reduced to mere scenery for the splendid Brits. Blah.

But there are some nice uniforms, that is true.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Steven Speilberg (1977)

 

 

 

Stunning visual beauty in this classical movie that shows what great storyteller Speilberg is. The story itself isn't that much, one might say it's about following your dreams, if not your obsessions. But it's the way Spielberg with photographer Vilmos Zsigmond tells it and the way they build the scenes, almost like well composed pictures, one at the time. Many reminiscences from the 50ies and 60ies way to light and shoot a movie.

Nice to see Truffaut as well. 

The part where Roy (Richard Dreyfuss) turns loco and pouring the whole garden into the house, is just delicious.

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Finally, just back from the cinema and this:



Expected it to be mediocre but it was worse. Excessive explosions, CGI pyrotechnics and the leveling of whole city blocks are some of the worst parts of this new batch of super hero movies, and Snyder's are the most boring of the bunch (and I rather liked his Watchmen adaptation). Stays clear of a minimum rating as Ben Afleck's Batman is pretty good (so are his suit and his Bat Cave), and it's kinda cute how he drives a vintage Aston Martin when he goes on a Bond'ish mission. No need to go into spoiler'ish details, but everything else is pretty bad. 2/5

One could feel bad for Affleck.
Without having seen it yet, I'd solely blame it on Snyder.
https://youtu.be/cwXfv25xJUw
(Still had to chuckle when the music kicked in and Cavill wouldn't stop babbling away.)
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I liked aflecks batman better than I anticipated but tough act to follow bale's.

I haven't read the bad reviews but what did people think was going to happen? doomsday and lex could have been fleshed out more.


Also looks like pine is going to be some kind of a superhero at some point though shouldn't be part of justice league.


Edit: I need more of lex's assistant in my life. Too bad casting did a terrible job and cast her across DC after being in marvel. This is a little thing but it's what pisses off the fan boys.
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Citizen Kane was available to watch on my flight this morning.

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A grand lavish sprawling epic which encompasses Machiavellian politics, war and the madness it inflicts upon men and its consequences. Vibrant cinematography "there is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing". And some sartorially superb suits. Great ensemble cast with Peter O'Toole in a career defining role, Alex Guinness , Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn. Directed by David Lean and a score by Maurice Jarre. Hadn't seen it in years a good way to pass a public holiday.
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I liked aflecks batman better than I anticipated but tough act to follow bale's.

I haven't read the bad reviews but what did people think was going to happen? doomsday and lex could have been fleshed out more.


Also looks like pine is going to be some kind of a superhero at some point though shouldn't be part of justice league.


Edit: I need more of lex's assistant in my life. Too bad casting did a terrible job and cast her across DC after being in marvel. This is a little thing but it's what pisses off the fan boys.

Don't plan on watching it, but Bale was awful as Batman. It's not like Ben was following Keaton.
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