Italian who lead interesting life and made seemingly interesting films (though I've only seen one so far) until he was finally murdered.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) -- While Mel Gibson-worshippers say that his Jesus movie was the most realistic, my vote goes to this one which looks more or less like a cinema verité documentary maker went back in time and shot footage of Jesus and his disciples. In this way, the story is presented to the audience without all the doctrinal subtext written into almost every other Jesus movie (no matter how secular they claim to be). And in this way, certain elements of the story that you perhaps haven't noticed or thought of before are brought to the front. This certainly ranks up there with The Last Temptation of Christ as one of the most original and best Jesus movies ever made. A
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