Pier Paolo Pasolini — Il Vangelo secondo Matteo

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Il Vangelo secondo Matteo. Un film di Pier Paolo Pasolini (The Gospel According to St. Matthew). A cura di Giacomo Gambetti

Milano: Garzanti Editore, September 1964. 8vo in original publishers hardcover, no jacket .307 pp. With black and white photographic stills from the movie. Binding with some minor wear, some scattered feeble pencil notes

First edition

The Gospel According to St. Matthew written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini in the socalled neorealist style. It is a cinematic rendition of the story of Jesus (portrayed by non-professional actor Enrique Irazoqui) according to the Gospel of Matthew, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. The dialogue is taken directly from the Gospel of Matthew, as Pasolini felt that “images could never reach the poetic heights of the text and he reportedly chose Matthew’s Gospel over the others because he had decided that “John was too mystical, Mark too vulgar, and Luke too sentimental.” The film is considered a classic of world cinema and the neorealist genre. After initial release, it won the Venice Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and three Nastro d’Argento Awards including Best Director. It was also nominated for three Academy Awards. In 2015, the Vatican City newspaper L’Osservatore Romano called it the best film on Christ ever made. Among the actors in the movie was Natalia Ginzburg and a young Giorgio Agamben as Philip

Pier Paolo Pasolini — Il Vangelo secondo Matteo