THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

The emphasis in this adaptation of the New Testament Gospel is on a political reading of the text rather than a reverential one. One of the most lucid works by Marxist filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, his characteristic passion for the beauty of the ordinary – whether in close-ups of the actors, or wide shots of the Calabrian landscape – is augmented by a marked resistance to the spectacular. Only the exalted soundtrack – featuring Bach, Mozart, and Billie Holliday among other – counterpoints the film’s spare, realist style.

Director: 

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Italy 1967 137m