The next film we'll be watching is The Gospel According to St Matthew, a 1964 religious drama imported straight from Italy. This is a straightforward adaptation of the Gospel of Matthew, detailing the life and death of Jesus Christ.
This film confirms to me that I am a terribly uninformed Christian. I was baptized Lutheran, but I've never really gone to church, and I never really read the Bible. I got most of my biblical information from Jesus Christ Superstar, the production of Children of Eden I did in high school when I was 16, and the first ten pages of Bible Stories for Kids. So there's a lot of things that happen and I'm like:
- No offense Jesus but shave your unibrow. No one's going to take you seriously as a Lord and Savior if you don't take care of yourself.
- Healing the leper will always make me think of the leper from Life of Brian who's all pissed off because his livelihood was begging and now that he's able-bodied he can't do that anymore. Classic.
|Alms for an Ex-Leper?|
- Jesus has beautiful hair for someone who wanders through the desert not showering.
- Jesus, dude, your whole outburst in Jerusalem...it's called property damage, and it's frowned upon in polite society. Isn't throwing a tantrum like a spoiled two year old one of the things you're not supposed to do? Or are you just going to try to bank on the fact that your dad's famous to avoid getting into trouble?
- The walking on water scene is pretty cool, not going to lie. Very mystical. How did they even do that?