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The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Enrique Irazoqui , Margherita Caruso , Pier Paolo Pasolini  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante, Mario Socrate
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producers: Alfredo Bini
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP5D5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" on IMDb

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(Faith) Along a rocky, barren coastline, Jesus begins teaching, primarily using parables. He comes to bring a sword, not peace, he says. He moves from place to place near the Sea of Galilee, sometimes attracting a multitude, sometimes being driven away and often attracting the attention of the Pharisees, the chief priests, and elders. They conspire to have him arrested, beaten, tried, and crucified, just as he prophesied. After he dies, he appears to his disciples and gives them final instructions.

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124 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pasolini's first masterpiece November 29, 2003
Format:DVD
This is one of the most astonishing films I have seen: probing, complex, lyrical, and at times emotionally overwhelming. NOTE: Do not blame WaterBearer for the poor-quality DVD; the Pasolini Foundation, which controls the film, provided the print and also vetoed chapters to encourage viewers to watch it only in its entirety. The overly edge-enhanced image is improved by turning your TV's sharpness setting to its 'blurriest.'
Can you imagine a less likely candidate to make what, after 40 years, may still be the greatest and most moving film about Jesus Christ? Pasolini was not only a gay Marxist but a devout atheist. His fascination with Jesus may have connected with his most personal theme, that of the outsider (with his artistic, political and sexual nature, he saw himself as the consummate outsider). Although one of Italy's leading intellectuals, he also moved among the laborers, indigents, and hustlers (some of whom were his lovers, not to mention the inspiration for his early poetry and novels), whose counterparts two millennia earlier had walked with Jesus.
Jesus's story also let Pasolini explore the complexities of real-world politics even while recreating an ancient culture with astonishing immediacy. He also relished the opportunity to play with a vast, and eclectic, artistic tradition, from Jean-Luc Godard's striking documentary style in "the two trials of Christ.... to painting... Piero della Francesca (in the Pharisees' clothes), Byzantine art, Christ's face like a Rouault, etc."
We also see El Greco not only in some compositions but in the intriguing casting of Enrique Irazoqui, a Catalan economics student, as Jesus. Pasolini had also considered such young, subversive literary lions as Jack Kerouac and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true October 23, 2004
Format:DVD
A budget release of Pasolini's _Gospel According to St. Matthew_ would seem too good to be true. Alas, this particular DVD proves neither good nor true.

The only soundtrack here is the English-dubbed version. The original Italian-language soundtrack is not available, and the sound mix is seriously compromised whenever the dubbing is inserted. Ironically, this budget version boasts a slightly better transfer than the thirty-dollar deluxe edition. But even so, the picture is barely watchable, and even shows a few lines here and there that make the film look as if it had been copied off an old VCR.

Despite the fact that this DVD is seven minutes shorter than the film's official running time, it doesn't seem to lack any footage. But the film does run at a faster speed than it ought, which throws the editing off kilter and makes the dubbing feel a little rushed. There are no extras, of course.

_Gospel According to St. Matthew_ is one of a few truly great religious films, but it has yet to receive even an adequate presentation on DVD.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, poor DVD August 4, 2003
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Format:DVD
Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" is one of the great Italian director's most accessable films. It is also one of the few films about the life of Christ that looks and feels as if it was filmed during the time that Christ lived - this is no Hollywood production - this feels like the real thing (the one star is not for this 5 star film.)
However I want to warn potential purchasers that this Water Bearer version is a high priced non-anamorphic, poor quality print (although it claims to be digitally remastered), it has burned in subtitles with no chapter stops. I had thought DVD production and quality had improved greatly in the last couple of years, this is an unfortunate (1 star) exception. If you want to see another great Pasolini film with a great anamorphic almost pristine transfer I would direct you to MGM's version of his "The Decameron".
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By C. Bono
Format:DVD
***** Pasolini's wonderful black and white Italian language film speaks for itself!

*** The information Legend provides on the back cover of the DVD is confusing/misleading/mistaken...

Legend's DVD actually contains two versions of The Gospel According to St. Matthew ...

Version #1 (sadly of little or no merit)

- Colorized

- Dubbed in English

- No Subtitles

- Approx 90 minutes (not the complete film)

- Anamorphic widescreen

- Playable from the Main Menu

Version #2 (merits ***)

- Black and white

- in Italian

- With English subtitles that are always on

- Approx 137 minutes (the complete film)

- Widescreen, but not anamorphic

- Playable from Special Features

- Pasolini's great film speaks for itself

- Thank you Legend for making a watchable, complete original version of the film available !!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong language June 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is great movie and all the other reviewers say is true. But if you can, do not get the version offered by Amazon, dubbed in English. Get the one in Italian, with subtitles. The English voice of Jesus does not capture the rage the Italian counterpart expresses. Also, the Italian original is 137 minutes long, the dubbed version only 122. I am not sure which scenes are missing. But there was one in the original with a communist era official funeral music. That one is sadly absent in the dubbed version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the English-dubbed and cut version, so beware ...
This is the English-dubbed and cut version, so beware. Unless you can't read subtitles or are a fan of voices not matching lip movement, look for the original Italian uncut... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Michael H. Hutchins
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I first saw this movie a couple years after it first came out in the 1960s. Watching it was one of the most profoundly moving experiences I have ever had. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doug Erlandson
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend
Just saw the beginning of this movie. Very, very slow. Would not recommend based on what I had seen.
Maybe the film got better, but I did not give it a chance.
Published 2 months ago by Marlene Boobar
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film ever made on the life of Jesus Christ.
The best film ever made on the life of Christ. Every piece of dialogue is directly from the Gospels of St. Matthew. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ethan Nielson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for the movie, not the product
I'm reviewing the original black and white Italian film, not the colorized, dubbed, and condensed version that is the main feature on the DVD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Great White Father
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful colorization on a classic film
Legend did a fabulous job in colorization of this film so not sure why other consumers were finding fault-remember too this is entertainment-maybe those consumers were film... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deidre Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
it was really wonderful, I saw the real Christ in that movie, those that played Jesus, Judas and John de Baptist was really great!
Published 4 months ago by RAPHAEL ODOH
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars for the Instant Video -- 5 for Pasolini and this movie
It's poorly dubbed in English. Other reviews claim even the orginal soundtrack is gone.

Rather you should watch this with no sound at all -- lest you hear the wretched... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Albert
1.0 out of 5 stars rip-off
This film is an art cinema master piece, a poetic neorealist version of the story of Jesus told by a great artist with the aid of Bach and the best of African and negro spiritual... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ricardo Chica-Avella
4.0 out of 5 stars Comes with a superior restored black and white version as well.
The colorized version is okay---but the editing is extremely choppy and lacks the flow of the original. It has been redubbed in English spoken very fast sometimes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DLAllen
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