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The Last Temptation of Christ [Blu-ray] [1988] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Hershey
  • Directors: Martin Scorcese
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBD1E7W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Scorsese's controversial re-telling of the life of Christ emphasises Jesus' human struggle. Unsure of his destiny, Jesus (Willem Dafoe) makes crosses for the Romans to crucify Jews on. Judas is sent to kill the collaborator, but decides to follow him instead, sensing that he may be the Messiah. In the most controversial sequence, Jesus succumbs to the temptation of normal human existence in a vision on the cross.

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It isn't difficult to imagine why this 1988 retelling of the Crucifixion story was picketed so vociferously on its release in the US--this Jesus bears little resemblance to the classical Christ, who was not, upon careful review of the Gospels, ever reported to have had sex with Barbara Hershey. Heavily informed by Gnostic reinterpretations of the Passion, The Last Temptation of Christ (based rather strictly on Nikos Kazantzakis's novel of the same name) is surely worth seeing for the controversy and blasphemous content alone. But the "last temptation" of the title is nothing overtly naughty--rather, it's the seduction of the commonplace; the desire to forgo following a "calling" in exchange for domestic security. Willem Dafoe interprets Jesus as spacey, indecisive and none too charismatic (though maybe that's just Dafoe himself), but his Sermon on the Mount is radiant with visionary fire; a bit less successful is method actor Harvey Keitel, who gives the internally conflicted Judas a noticeable Brooklyn accent, and doesn't bring much imagination to a role that demands a revisionist's approach. Despite director Martin Scorsese's penchant for stupid camera tricks, much of the desert footage is simply breathtaking, even on small screen. Ultimately, Last Temptation is not much more historically illuminating than Monty Python's Life of Brian, but hey, if it's authenticity you're after, try Gibbon's. --Miles Bethany --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2002
Format: DVD
A depiction of Christ's life including a vision of what his life might have been like had he not been crucified...(!)
As screenwriter Paul Schrader explains on the commentary track included on this disc, those who were horrified by "The Last Temptation of Christ" picked the wrong reasons. Most of the controversy focused on a scene in which Jesus and Mary Magdalene make love, but that, of course, only happens in the dying Christ's imagination, as Satan is tempting him with visions of the normal life he has given up. The real heresy in "Last Temptation" (which Schrader adapted from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis) is its depiction of Judas as Jesus' most loving and loyal disciple, chosen for the difficult act of betrayal necessary to ensure human salvation. Nobody noticed, and so a film intended as a reverent, deeply serious exploration of faith was widely understood, for better or worse, as blasphemous.
The story explores the real life of our world...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 23 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
I've never read the novel this movie is based on, but I've seen the movie a couple of times. I honestly don't understand why so many Christians are upset about it. Here in Sweden, some fundamentalist group always cry "Provocation" and "Conspiracy" whenever the movie is re-run on television, especially if it's close to Easter. I don't see the movie as anti-Christ or anti-Christian. Rather, I see it as a allegory of man's spiritual seekership. The "Jesus" of the movie is a symbol for each of us. Jesus is called by God. He has doubts. He even refuses. On the cross, he feels abandoned, perhaps betrayed, by God: "Why hast thou forsaken me?". The Devil sees his chance and tempts him. But, finally, Jesus sees through the temptations, "returns" to the cross, and dies victoriously, as the true Son of God: "It is accomplished".

I'm not a practicing Christian myself, bur honestly, is this anti-Christian?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella on 20 July 2010
Format: DVD
This is the most realistic of the biblical films I have seen, based on information over the years that I have read and researched.

I enjoyed the film immensley the acting was superb, the subject dealt with sensitively and yet not trying to cover up the possible truth of Jesus's life.

It is a film I would highly reccomend well worth watching.

Willem Dafoe, and Harvey Keitel were superb in their portrayal of the characters they were playing.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. A. Thornley on 13 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
Anyone interested in religion and frightened off by all the negative hype when this was released should see this film. The first time I watched it, out of curiousity, and although quite lengthy, (stick with it) the last hour blew me away!
As a fan of Keitel anyway, (he plays Judas) and DeFoe, their combined presence is ample to engross the movie fan, add David Bowie's understated pilate and Peter Gabriel's score, Barbara Hershey (say no more), this is a film to be reckoned with. For those with religious views, I'd like to say that I'm a confirmed Christian, and this film played a part in strengthening my faith.
It's a profound experience...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sidney Carton on 31 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Very good film (for the music and cinematography alone), highly recommended for anyone willing to consider Christ as just a man, subject to the normal temptations of man.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
The Last Temptation of Christ is perhaps Scorsese's best film. True, it's rather tied to the story for the first fourth-fifths, but though it's an oft-overused claim hijacked by fanboys who've seen too few films, this film truly reinvented the way period epics and Biblical epics could be made, with startling visuals and imaginative and aggressive editing combining with real passion from its director. It makes a virtue of his limited budget, getting in close in a way religious epics hadn't, ignoring the spectacle (always a good idea when you only have five Romans) for the intimate and creates a convincing environment. It's set in a time and place where God and man, magic and the mundane co-exist, but pointedly the first biblical landscape on screen to really look like a Semitic country rather than a Christian one. There's a sense of pioneers in a harsh frontier. The sound, too, thanks to the crude clash of accents - his disciples are simple men concerned about their sheep or fishing and their accents are gratingly from the streets while David Bowie seems to be channelling a lazy Michael Caine doing posh as Pontius Pilate - and Peter Gabriel's superb world-music influenced score that has been often imitated but rarely given it's the recognition it deserves.

Sergio Leone may have thought he looked more like a serial killer than Saviour, but in Willem Dafoe, Scorse has an alternately angry and charming doubting Messiah caught between Man and God as he struggles to find His way to God's path. There's an added level of immediacy in the way He is shown actually engaging with his audience on a personal level rather than preaching AT them or holding a press conference, yet even then finding himself completely misinterpreted as some of his audience misunderstand his words as an excuse for violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
Format: DVD
It is difficult to believe now (2013) the furore that this film caused when first released back in 1988. But right from the start the film makes clear that it is not based on the gospels but on a novel: it is a "fictional exploration". Having said that, OF COURSE the film is based on a novel that is based on the gospels, but all the same this viewer, who is an agnostic, felt the film was interesting and intriguing enough to get the DVD.

Any film that was banned from cinemas in some parts of the world, or was picketed in droves, must have something interesting to say, testing established interpretations. But there are, alas, no extras on my DVD copy (apart from the trailer), so there is no director's commentary for a film that cries out for one. I do not rate Scorsese's films highly, though I find him an interesting man nevertheless. This is his only film in my extensive DVD collection.

The film opens with Jesus - a man with miraculous powers but someone who is equally all too human - being terrorised by his own questions; he is frightened and fearful of his doubts and his relationship with God. He is also a carpenter making crosses for the Romans so they can crucify criminals and enemies. Mary Magdalene is his former `wife', but that relationship too is unconsummated. Meanwhile Judas Iscariot is a freedom fighter, using Jesus for his own political ends. And John-the-Baptist is an angry radical.

The film has some imaginative twists: for instance, the resurrected Lazarus is murdered by Saul/Paul, but the greatest twist is left towards the end at Jesus's own crucifixion, and it would spoil the surprise to mention it here, save to say that there is a twist too within the twist.
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