Unconventional and very moving. Pier Paolo Pasolini's epic film, a Special Jury Prize-winner at the Venice Film Festival, tells the life story of Jesus in a semi-documentary style using nonprofessional actors, including the director's mother as the Virgin Mary. Hailed by many as the
greatest adaptation of the life of Christ, this picture was dedicated to Pope John XXIII, who brought the Catholic Church into the 20th century. It may come as a surprise to those who see this film that Pasolini was not only an atheist, but a homosexual and Marxist as well. As if to underline the
unorthodox nature of the film, Pasolini has included on his soundtrack the American spiritu...