The Gospel According to Saint Matthew
1964, Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 137 min.
Starring Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso and Susanna Pasolini
Introduced by author Elizabeth Castelli
What makes this film unforgettable:
1. Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus Christ, a Spanish student of literature, who wrote a thesis about Pasolini’s novel “Ragazzi di vita”
2. The interpretation of Jesus according to Pasolini, a Marxist and an atheist
3. The surprising score, from Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion to “Missa Luba,” a sung Congolese mass
Elizabeth Castelli is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Barnard College Religion Department, specializing in early Christianity and its cultural afterlives. She is the author of Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making (Columbia University Press, 2004) and the English-language translator of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s never-produced script for a film, San Paolo (Saint Paul), which will appear later this year from Verso Books UK. She is the founding editor of Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Religion and Media at NYU.
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