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 1. See Pasolini’s cult 1964 version of St Matthew’s Gospel Made by an Italian non-believer, this classic and controversial black …



 1. See Pasolini’s cult 1964 version of St Matthew’s Gospel

gospel-according-to-st-matthew-02Made by an Italian non-believer, this classic and controversial black and white film has 10 screenings at the BFI over Easter – and all but one (on Monday) are sold out.

So get in quick to book for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s extraordinary re-telling of the story of Jesus Christ, which aimed to film St Matthew’s gospel exactly as it was written.

Having abandoned Palestine as a location – the director thought it lacking in visible history – Pasolini’s movie is shot in Italy, and stars a Jesus who is “a fiercely virile and political figure whose attacks on hypocrisy and social injustice guarantee him an early death.” As the BFI’s notes have it: “He may not have been the Messiah, but he was certainly a revolutionary.”

At the time of publishing, there were still seats remaining for Monday’s screening. Find out more at the BFI website. One of ten screenings still available to book at the BFI.

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