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.