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Mar 19, 2005

The Last Temptation of Christ

Well, if this film didn't ruffle the feathers of the true believers nothing would. And sure as hell, it did when it came out. From the acclaimed novel by Nikos Kazantzakis of the same name, Martin Scorsese weaves out a believable yarn(even the satan's fake angel)story about Jesus of Nazereth.

Scorsese's brilliant direction, a beautiful music score by Peter Gabriel, breath taking and contextual cinematography by Michael Ballhouse, a very American script by Paul Schraeder(if you are looking for a classical version of the story this is not it as the name implies, it is American to the core),The Last Temptation of Christ is a revelation. For me it makes Christ a more believable character, ofcourse the American accent and the slang simplifies the matters for an ordinary viewer. Willem Dafoe as Jesus and Harvey Kietel as Judas are two of the quirkiest yet successful cast choices made by a modern day director of a Hollywood film. Brilliant!