Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's controversial novel The Last Temptation of Christ
seeks to emphasize the human aspects of Jesus Christ, a figure described in the Bible as both fully God and fully man. The film opens with the carpenter Jesus of Nazareth (Willem Dafoe)
making crosses upon which the Romans crucify rebellious Jews; it closes with the controversial last-temptation sequence, depicting the human love and gratifications Jesus sacrificed to fulfill his destiny as the savior of humankind. Between these powerful and affecting scenes is a fresh and vivid
retelling of the Gospel's familiar events--the assembly of the disciples, the mi...