The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Film/Video
The Gospel According to St. Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Image courtesy of Compass Film

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Image courtesy of Compass Film

The Gospel According to St. Matthew
In Search for Locations for The Gospel According to St. Matthew

(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964, 1964)

Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter. He held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police. His filmography represents perhaps the most subversive body of work ever put to film, still provoking outrage and charges of blasphemy in some quarters. However controversial, the themes he explores achieve a measure of timelessness and universality as many of his films are set in the distant past. Most importantly, his films often portray the lives of those existing on the fringes of society, in roles often played by nonprofessional actors. The Wex is thrilled to present this nearly complete retrospective with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.

Fri, Jan 10, 2014 7 PM
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 9:20 PM

In The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Pasolini mainly cast nonprofessionals while referencing nearly 2,000 years of Christian art in creating the look of the film and its characters. In telling the story of Christ, Pasolini adheres closely to its source text, drawing much of the dialogue directly from the biblical book. (137 mins., 35mm) The documentary In Search for Locations follows Pasolini as he scouts for locations in Palestine, though his film of the gospel would be shot entirely in southern Italy. (55 mins., 35mm)

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