At 11:44 AM 2/27/97 -0600, Donald Larsson wrote:
>Imre Szeman requests:
>"Can anyone help a student of mine who sent me the following e-mail?
>> i have another unrelated question for you. i am in a religion
>>and film class right now and i am going to write a paper on christ
>>figures in film. i was wondering if you had any interesting
>>suggestions? let me know if you do. thanks."
>Aside from the many films from the silent era on that deal with aspects of
>the life of Christ itself (eg., KING OF KINGS, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD,
>BEN-HUR, etc.), there are several SF films whose heroes seem to be allegorical
>Christ figures--Klaatu (aka "Mr. Carpenter") in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL,
>E.T. (of course), and John Carpenter's STARMAN.
>There are other treatments, especially by foreign directors that use
>Christ-like figures, such as Dreyer's ORDET and Bresson's BALTHASAR (although
>Bresson seems to simultaneously encourage and debunk the notion of the donkey
>as a "suffering servant"). (There is also Pasolini's THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
>More controversial takes on Christ or Christ-figures include Scorsese's
>THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST and Peter Medak's THE RULING CLASS, with
>Peter O'Tool as a dotty English lord who thinks he's Jesus. And, of course,
>there's MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN.
>If you want to stretch a point and include characters who redeem themselves and
>others by dying, there a number of films about convicts who make such a final
>gesture, from MANHATTAN MELODRAMA and ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES to DEAD MAN
>Hope these help.
>Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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I agree Scorses's THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
hints towards the trouble it caused.
Try to see THE PASSENGER as Antonioni's hint of
Locke/Roberson as Christ/Dove.......impossible
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