The Last Temptation of Christ

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The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on a book by Nikos Kazantzakis. It stars William Dafoe as Jesus Christ and Harvey Keitel as Judas. Due to artistic choices The Last Temptation of Christ was meet by a barrage of uninformed critics that heard execrated elements that appeared nowhere in the film. Despite Mel Gibson's The Passion being a graphic one hundred and twenty-seven minute demoralizing beating of Jesus Christ religious fanatics did not seem to mind. Internet bloggers Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard compared the two film to the amateur filmmaking documentary Project Green Light, where participant were given the same script minus setting and plot motivation. John Bellamy called them, "A pair of films that are remarkably and unmistakably different despite the numerous things they have in common". He goes on to explain that, "Due to lack of specificity, one might assume that cinematic interpretations of the Bible would, almost as a rule, be as diverse as the short films of those Project Green Light finalists".

The Movie begins with an anguished Jesus laying on the ground being terrorized by what we are led to believe are demons clawing their way out of his mind to consume his soul.

"The feeling begins. Very tender, very loving. Then the pain starts. Claws slip underneath the skin and tear their way up. Just before they reach my eyes, they dig in. And I remember. First I fasted for three months. I even whipped myself before I went to sleep. At first it worked. Then the pain came back. And the voices. They call me by the name: Jesus"

This powerful opening sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Jesus Christ was a man that...