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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

by Pier Paolo Pasolini

synopsis

Along a rocky, barren coastline, Jesus begins teaching, primarily using parables. He attracts disciples; he's stern, brusque, and demanding. He comes to bring a sword, not peace, he says. He's in a hurry, moving from place to place near the Sea of Galilee, sometimes attracting a multitude, sometimes being driven away. His parables often take on the powers that be, so he and his teachings come to the attention of the Pharisees, the chief priests, and elders. They conspire to have him arrested, beaten, tried, and crucified, just as he prophesied to his followers. After he dies, he appears to his disciples and gives them final instructions.

international title: The Gospel According to St. Matthew
original title: Il vangelo secondo Matteo
country: Italy, France
year: 1964
genre: fiction
directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
film run: 137'
screenplay: Pier Paolo Pasolini
cast: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
cinematography by: Tonino Delli Colli
film editing: Nino Baragli
art director: Luigi Scaccianoce
costumes designer: Danilo Donati
producer: Alfredo Bini
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