The Last Temptation of Christ [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1988]

  • SKU: 4891637
  • Release Date: 03/13/2012
  • Rating: R
  • 4.5 (4)
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.5
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay
  • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
  • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
  • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
  • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instrunments used in the score
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

Synopsis

The Last Temptation of Christ
Willem Dafoe plays Jesus Christ in this extraordinarily controversial adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's novel. The film depicts a sometimes reluctant, self-doubting Jesus, gradually coming to accept His divinity and the inexorability of His ultimate fate. The much-maligned sex scene with Mary Magdalene (Barbara Hershey) occurs as an hallucination experienced by Jesus as he suffers on the cross. This particular sequence was what infuriated the film's most rabid critics, but in fact it is just one of many iconoclastic musings to be found in the film and its source novel. Equally volatile are the intimations that, as a carpenter, Jesus indifferently shaped the crucifixes for other condemned prisoners long before his own fate was sealed, and that Judas (Harvey Keitel) was literally manipulated into betrayal by a Christ whose preoccuption with his own destiny compelled him to "use" others. None of these departures from the normal interpretation of the scriptures are offered as any more than theory; as such, it was accepted as food for thought by the more open-minded clerics and Biblical scholars who recommended the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Willem Dafoe
    Willem Dafoe - Jesus Christ
  • Harvey Keitel
    Harvey Keitel - Judas Iscariot
  • Barbara Hershey
    Barbara Hershey - Mary Magdalene
  • Harry Dean Stanton
    Harry Dean Stanton - Paul, Saul

Overall Customer Rating

4.5 out of 54.5
4 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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