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The Gospel According to St. Matthew

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Original title
Il Vangelo secondo Matteo
Running time
137 min.
Italy Italy
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Luis Bacalov
Tonino Delli Colli
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Co-production Italy-France; Arco Film Roma / Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France
Drama | Religion. Biblical
Synopsis / Plot
Along a rocky, barren coastline, Jesus begins teaching, primarily using parables. He attracts disciples; he's stern, brusque, and demanding. He comes to bring a sword, not peace, he says. He's in a hurry, moving from place to place near the Sea of Galilee, sometimes attracting a multitude, sometimes being driven away. His parables often take on the powers that be, so he and his teachings come to the attention of the Pharisees, the chief priests, and elders. They conspire to have him arrested, beaten, tried, and crucified, just as he prophesied to his followers. After he dies, he appears to his disciples and gives them final instructions.
1964: Venice: Special Jury Prize
1966: 3 Nominations for Oscar: OST (adapted), Costume Design B&W, Art Dir. B&W
1966: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1966: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Films
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