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The Last Temptation of Christ

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Canada, United States, 1988


Jesus, a humble Judean beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into action against the Roman occupiers by Judas—despite his protestations that love is the path to salvation. As he is put to death on the cross, Jesus is tempted by visions of an ordinary life married to Mary Magdalene.

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The Last Temptation of Christ Directed by Martin Scorsese
Pointedly employing the full arsenal of film grammar and drawing from the whole expanse of film history, Scorsese restores Christianity’s diffuse, often unrecognizable remnants to their origin.
October 07, 2014
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If the nightmares of Paperhouse sent chills up my young spine that persist to this day, the dreams of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ rocked me to my core in a way that I will never be able to shake… The Last Temptation of Christ is one of the most spiritually transcendent films ever made, and the one that has brought me closer to understanding the power of religion than any other movie.
September 30, 2013
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This is what The Last Temptation of Christ, inspired by Nikos Kazantzakis’ classic novel, is: a serious, intense, two-hour and forty-minute, wide-ranging exploration of what Kazantzakis saw as the conflict played out in the soul – in all souls – between spirit and flesh. Scorsese and Schrader have made a courageous film that people of all religions or no religion should be able to watch with identical fascination.
August 10, 1988

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