Watch: The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 123movies, Full Movie Online – The carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for Him. But as His mission nears fulfillment, He must face the greatest temptation; the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel of the same name..
Plot: Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas — despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt.
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The Most Loving Portrayal of Jesus I Could Imagine
Condemned by Fundamentalists upon release, delayed by outcries from hypocrites and liars, and boycotted in any city where it played “The Last Temptation of Christ” is one of the most controversial movies ever made. Instead of showing Christ as a fearless and perfect person, “The Last Temptation” depicts Him as a person who fought his destiny and wished to be just another mortal human being. Religious groups who couldn’t (and still can’t) accept the fact that Jesus was human were shocked by such ideas and refused to see the film or read the landmark novel on which it was based. They’ll never know that they attacked one of the most honest and loving depictions of Christ.
The Christ we see in the film is not based on the teachings of the Gospels, or any scripture for that matter. Instead we get a portrait of Christ the man, not Christ the Savior. We get to see his faults, his fears and anxieties. Then, we get to see him overcome those and find the strength to fulfill his destiny. The Last Temptation of Christ is not afraid to say that Jesus was weak before he became the Savior, and that makes the film all the more satisfying. This is a tale of redemption, courage, and love like no other.
There is no reason to miss this film. Not everyone will like it, but at the very least it will let you see another perspective of the story. And even if you can’t accept the story, you won’t be able to deny the greatness of Scorsese’s direction. From the epic crowd scenes, to the intimate one-on-one conversations, to the stunning final shot (which was actually caused by an overexposed section of film, but is beautiful nonetheless), you will be awed by Scorsese’s work here.
Also stunning is the work of the two leads. Willem Dafoe inhabits the role of Christ perfectly, bringing perfectly controlled emotion to each and every scene. Harvey Keitel as Judas has been the subject of debate because of his NYC accent. That was on purpose (Scorsese used accents to denote the descent of characters. American accent = Israelite; British accent = Roman), but it doesn’t even matter. Keitel is brilliant no matter what his accent is.
Honest, human, loving, and unafraid, “The Last Temptation of Christ” is one of the great cinematic achievements of all time. Martin Scorsese crafted with this film his most personal masterpiece, and perhaps his greatest masterpiece ever.
Challenging but rewarding
Not one of Martin Scorsese’s very best and not for everybody. However, while ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ challenges the viewer and raises a lot of interesting and thought-provoking ideas it also highly rewards them with a real harrowing impact and emotional power.
While it is easy to see why ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ is controversial, I am with those who found nothing blasphemous or offensive about it. And have also been illuminated and convinced, and also thoroughly agree despite not being religious at all, by the reasons put forward by those who have defended it as to why. Am also of the opinion that the most controversial part of the film was the highlight of the film.
‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ is not by all means perfect. It does go on for a little too long, and meanders in pacing at times especially in the middle third. There is a use of voice over narration too, and its somewhat surreal tone struck an odd, jarring note. Had mixed feelings on Harvey Keitel as Judas, it is a very interesting and remarkably complex interpretation (more so than most portrayals of Judas) and Keitel puts a lot of energy and emotional feeling into the character, but his appearance and accent does make him look and sound somewhat out of place.
However, the arresting and richly powerful images, breath-taking and sometimes hard-hitting cinematography and evocative production values make for a film that is top-notch visually. Admired and appreciated the restraint but still constant engagement of Martin Scorsese’s direction, while Peter Gabriel’s score makes precisely the same impact as the crucifixion itself in wrenching the gut and moving to tears (particularly in the Crucifixion which is some of the most not only beautiful but truly powerful pieces of music of any film seen recently), one of the best scores to me for a Scorsese film.
Scripting is very thought-provoking and was really bold in how much it challenged anybody watching, resisting the urge to ramble and it makes sense. The story does have pacing issues but benefits from a strong emotional core and characterisations that are far more complex than your scripture stereotypes (a very bold move and comes off wonders, in not showing characters as either entirely virtuous or jealousy/greed driven but ones that maintain the essence of how the characters are usually portrayed but with strengths and conflicts). The crucifixion scene is harrowing and heart-rending.
Willem Dafoe is a sensitive yet commanding Jesus, one of the better and more complex portrayals on film, while Barbara Herschey is astonishing as Mary, being luminous, heartfelt but still with a backbone. David Bowie comes off surprisingly well, as immensely talented as he was expectations were for him to be as misplaced-feeling as Keitel but it is a subdued, down-to-earth yet frighteningly arrogant and menacingly ruthless depiction of Pontius Pilate. It is easy though also to overlook Harry Dean Stanton, but despite not being in the film long he does prove himself to be a scene stealer.
Overall, challenging film but a rewarding one that is not to be dismissed due to the subject matter or the controversy. To me it is one of the better films and portrayals of Jesus and much better than the well made but pretty repulsive ‘The Passion of the Christ’. 8/10 Bethany Cox
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 44 min (164 min)
Director Martin Scorsese
Writer Nikos Kazantzakis, Paul Schrader
Actors Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey
Country Canada, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 2 wins & 7 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm