Film: The Gospel According To Matthew


Riverside Studios, Hammersmith


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Film: The Gospel According To Matthew

A mesmerising film by an innovative mind

Pier Paolo Pasolini is widely regarded as one of cinema's most unusual and intriguing gifts. As an atheist, a Marxist and a homosexual, his iconic film following Christ's most passionate moments came as a surprise to most, who thought religious themes were best left to preachers. Filmed without a screenplay and choosing to use Italian peasants, shopkeepers and his own mother as Mary, Pasolini broke the stereotype of what biblical tales encompass. The film focuses on debate, with the Jewish high priests deliberating heresy sombrely and violence kept to a minimum. 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew' won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Festival in 1964 and right-wing Catholic groups picketed it, but the film won the first prize of the International Catholic Office of the Cinema, which screened the film inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 'The [film] is a breathtakingly beautiful, honest and emotional account, which should please Christians and non-believers alike.' - Time Out Included in your YPlan ticket price, you’ll also receive a glass of house wine, beer, or a soft drink. General admission. Tickets are normally £8.50 + £4 for a glass of wine or beer. You pay £11, saving you up to £1.50 per ticket. Please arrive on time.

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