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The Gospel According to St. Matthew

1964 film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Released 1964 (58 years, 6 months ago)

Director Pier Paolo Pasolini
Duration 131 minutes
Awards Special Jury Prize
Genre drama film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White and Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment
Composer Luis Bacalov
Country of origin Italy and France
Screenwriter Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer Alfredo Bini

About The Gospel According to St. Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, is a powerful and visually stunning retelling of the life of Jesus Christ. Released in 1964, the film is a departure from traditional Hollywood biblical epics, with Pasolini opting for a more naturalistic approach that emphasizes the humanity of Jesus and his followers.

Shot in black and white, the film is a stark and uncompromising portrayal of the life of Jesus, from his birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and resurrection. Pasolini's use of non-professional actors, including a young man from a poor neighborhood in Naples as Jesus, adds to the film's raw and authentic feel.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew is also notable for its use of music, with Pasolini incorporating traditional Italian folk songs and Bach's St. Matthew Passion into the soundtrack. The result is a haunting and emotional experience that stays with the viewer long after the film has ended.

Despite its unconventional approach, The Gospel According to St. Matthew was a critical and commercial success, winning numerous awards and earning praise from critics around the world. Today, it is considered a classic of world cinema and a groundbreaking work of religious filmmaking.


- Ebert, R. (2005, December 18). The Gospel According to St. Matthew.

- Kehr, D. (2013, April 4). Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew'. The New York Times.

- The Gospel According to St. Matthew. (n.d.). Criterion Collection.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


92 years, 4 days


58 years, 11 months, 18 days

Born first

17 July 1909

Died first

8 March 1976

Born last

28 March 1952

Died last

16 September 2020

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