Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew)
Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964)

Relating his facts in straight-on documentary fashion, Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1964 Biblical film stars Enrique Irazoqui as Jesus. In it, Christ and his followers are depicted as gentle radicals working against the grain of the unjust… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1964
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Pasolini uses a complex but seemingly stark and simple visual style, and he evokes wonderful performances from nonprofessionals Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, and Marcello Morante.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The consequence is a crescendo of excitement and involvement with the fervor and passion of Jesus and an accumulating sense of the irony and tragedy of Jesus' suffering, in historical as well as spiritual terms.

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Fernando F. Croce

At once primeval and immediate

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This highly political interpretation of the passion is as scandalous in its own way as Mel Gibson's but more poetic, more contemporary in its impact, and more serious in its overall morality.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Tells the life of Christ as if a documentarian on a low budget had been following him from birth.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Cinema's most impressive biblical movie to date.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Certainly Pasolini's most satisfying movie.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] This film seems to say that religious doctrine has worked as long as it has because its poetry is so beautiful. It also allows for the passing of generations who will eventually reject all religion because it is ultimately a lie.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Superb in every way, and possibly the film-maker's best.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
the most beautiful gospel film i have seen...made by an openly gay communist and dedicated to the pope. amazing faces!
Eric Broome
Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" begins as an intriguing tale about an intense preacher in ancient times, but the plot turns less… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The controversial Pier Paolo Pasolini retells the life of Jesus Christ in a much more honest way than many of the "socially accepted" filmmakers who… More
Alex Figueroba
The best version possible of a weak tale.
Michael S
Best film about Jesus- bar none.