Item description for The Gospel According to Saint Matthew...
Released in 1964, The Gospel According to St. Matthew marks an important shift away from the gritty urban realism of Pasolini's earlier films towards the visionary imagery of his later work. A committed but far from conformist Marxist, Pasolini took a powerful and immediate approach, with no false piety or sentimentality. Employing a cast drawn largely from the peasantry of Southern Italy, where the film was shot, the action has the feel of a mystery play reenacted for the camera. Enrique Irazoqui's Christ is part folk hero, part political agitator, but always pursuing his destiny with unswerving conviction. The disciples make for vivid contrasts in facial expression, while Susanna Pasolini (mother of) is unforgettable as Mary, distraught at the Crucifixion. The recourse to handheld cameras and zoom sequences is well ahead of its time, while the almost jump-cut editing and diverse soundtrack--including Bach, Mozart and the Missa Luba--enhance the sense of action being experienced as it happens. A classic of post-war cinema which has lost none of its urgent humanity. --Richard Whitehouse
Product Description Writer/Director Pier Paolo Pasolinis biblical drama, The Gospel According to St. Mathew, is a gripping, neo-realistic depiction of the life of Jesus Christ (Enrique Irazoqui) that departs from the elaborate tradition of Hollywood biblical epics. Shot amo
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Record Label Brentwood Home Video
Format Black & White / Closed-captioned / Widesc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2004
Publisher WESSCOTT MARKETING #813
ISBN 0012283517 ISBN13 0787364580095 UPC 787364580095
Reviews - What do customers think about The Gospel According to Saint Matthew?
Humble Authenticity Mar 19, 2007
`The Gospel According to Matthew' is a humble, bare-bones film that accentuates authenticity. Using rugged terrain and an intricate, stone village, famed Italian director Pasolini makes the scenes seem more real than any movie up to 'The Passion of the Christ'. Without any name actors, the scenes envelop a simplicity that is the movie's hallmark. This movie's Jesus is a sterner, more direct rendering than any in movie memory. While I may prefer subtitle's to English overdubs, the movie is at least easier to take in. However, the emotional appeal is lessened by their implementation of this method. Indeed, the emotional range, while deliberate at key times, is often wooden. Many instances people just stare, but then again they may be dumbstruck by Jesus. Also, better judgment could have been used. For instance, during Jesus's trial when there should have been more close ups. Nevertheless, Pasolini does get to the heart of the message. With scripture all but entirely in the script, one can hardly criticize the interpretations. If there is an accent mark, he frequently comes up with children, a nice touch. Unvarnished, 'The Gospel' doesn't have the glory of most modern films, but, even with the technical shortcomings, it is as basic as scripture itself.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew Mar 15, 2007
The Gospel According to St. Matthew directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, filmed in 1964, is the best rendition of the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, placed on film. I wholeheartedly endorse the comments made in the March 14, 2004 review of the noted film critic, Roger Ebert, recommend this movie to believers and non-believers alike.
"Restored And In Color For The First Time" Feb 23, 2007
The "restored" part seems like it could possibly be a good thing, but throw in the "and in color for the first time" part and I'm thinking I can keep waiting for a decent black and white version to appear someday...
Low rating of this particular DVD version due to its being colorized. (Film itself has a great reputation.)
A Great Gospel Film Feb 1, 2007
I heard about this version of the life of Christ, but had never seen it. It is a striking black and white telling of the Gospel of Matthew. It is beautifully filmed (there are a few problems with subtitles, but you can follow the story just fine) movie, and very true to Matthew's gospel. As a pastor and a Christian, I highly recommend this moving video.
Yes! a review by Ian Colvin, 12 year-old filmmaker Jan 20, 2007
I am so glad that Pasolini's masterpiece is being rereleased on DVD. Hopefully it will come with a lot of bonus materials. In addition the Criterion company's blog states that a new release of Salo (originally released by Criterion in 1998, I believe) will be coming out. It looks as if 2007 maybe the best year for Pasolini's films.