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They are soon expecting a child and living an idyllic life; but she abruptly dies, and Jesus is consoled by his angel; next he takes Mary and Martha , the sisters of Lazarus, for his wives. He starts a family with them, having many children, and lives his life in peace.


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Many years later, Jesus encounters the apostle Paul preaching about the Messiah, telling stories of Jesus's resurrection and ascension to heaven. Jesus tries to tell Paul that he is the man about whom Paul has been preaching, and argues that salvation cannot be founded on lies. But Paul is unmoved, saying that even if his message is not the truth, it is what the world needs to hear, and nothing will stop him from proclaiming it.

Near the end of his life, an elderly Jesus calls his former disciples to his bed.

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Peter, Nathaniel , and a scarred John visit their master as Jerusalem is in the throes of the Jewish Rebellion against the Romans. Judas comes last and reveals that the youthful angel who released Jesus from the crucifixion is in fact Satan. Crawling back through the burning city of Jerusalem, Jesus reaches the site of his crucifixion and begs God to let him fulfill his purpose and to "let him be God's son.

Then Jesus finds himself on the cross once more, having overcome the "last temptation" of escaping death, being married and raising a family, and the ensuing disaster that would have consequently encompassed mankind.

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Naked and bloody, Jesus cries out in intense emotion as he dies, "It is accomplished! The screen flickers to white and the sound of triumphant bells tolling. Scorsese had wanted to make a film version of Jesus' life since childhood. While directing Barbara Hershey in the film Boxcar Bertha , she gave him a copy of the Kazantzakis novel. Scorsese optioned the novel in the late s, and he gave it to Paul Schrader to adapt.

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The project went into turnaround and was finally canceled in December Scorsese went on to make After Hours instead. In , Universal Studios became interested in the project. Critic and screenwriter Jay Cocks worked with Scorsese to revise Schrader's script. Sting also passed on the role of Pilate, with the role being recast with David Bowie. Principal photography began in October The location shoot in Morocco a first for Scorsese was difficult, and the difficulties were compounded by the hurried schedule.

Scenes had to be improvised and worked out on the set with little deliberation, leading Scorsese to develop a minimalist aesthetic for the film. Shooting wrapped by December 25, The film's score itself helped to popularize world music. Gabriel subsequently compiled an album called Passion — Sources , including additional material by various musicians that inspired him in composing the soundtrack, or which he sampled for the soundtrack.

The film opened on August 12, Although The Last Temptation of Christ was released on VHS and Laserdisc , many video rental stores, including the then-dominant Blockbuster Video , declined to carry it for rental as a result of the film's controversial reception. The movie was not a financial success. The film has been positively supported by film critics and some religious leaders. The consensus states, " The Last Temptation of Christ is a surprisingly straight and passionate affair, one that also seeks to redeem Scorsese's '80s career.

In a four-out-of-four star review for the Chicago Sun-Times , Roger Ebert , who later included the film in his list of "Great Movies", [15] wrote that Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader "paid Christ the compliment of taking him and his message seriously, and they have made a film that does not turn him into a garish, emasculated image from a religious postcard. Here he is flesh and blood, struggling, questioning, asking himself and his father which is the right way, and finally, after great suffering, earning the right to say, on the cross, 'It is accomplished.

This is anything but another one of those boring biblical costume epics. There is genuine challenge and hope in this movie. On October 22, , an integrist Catholic group set fire to the Saint Michel cinema in Paris while it was showing the film. A little after midnight, an incendiary device ignited under a seat in the less supervised underground room, where a different film was being shown. The incendiary device consisted of a charge of potassium chlorate , triggered by a vial containing sulphuric acid. The Last Temptation of Christ ' s eponymous final sequence depicts the crucified Jesus—tempted by what turns out to be Satan in the form of a beautiful child—experiencing a dream or alternate reality where he comes down from the cross, marries Mary Magdalene and later Mary and Martha , and lives out his life as a full mortal man.

He learns on his deathbed that he was deceived by Satan and begs God to let him "be [God's] son," at which point he finds himself once again on the cross. At other points in the film, Jesus is depicted as building crosses for the Romans, being tormented by the voice of God, and lamenting the many sins he believes he has committed. Because of these departures from the gospel narratives—and especially a brief scene wherein Jesus and Mary Magdalene consummate their marriage—several Christian groups organized vocal protests and boycotts of the film prior to and upon its release.

One protest, organized by a religious Californian radio station, gathered protesters to picket the headquarters of Universal Studios' then parent company MCA. Mother Angelica , a Catholic nun and founder of Eternal Word Television Network , described Last Temptation as "the most blasphemous ridicule of the Eucharist that's ever been perpetrated in this world" and "a holocaust movie that has the power to destroy souls eternally.

As of July , the film continues to be banned in the Philippines and Singapore. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Theatrical release poster. Cineplex Odeon Films. Main article: attack on Saint-Michel cinema in Paris.

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