The Last Temptation of Christ-Response paper

April 28, 2012

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ by Martin Scorsese shows the life of Jesus Christ and his struggle such as fear, reluctance, depression, doubt, and fear. However, the movie departs from the accepted Biblical depiction of the life of Jesus Christ. In other words, the movie is remotely derived from the Gospel of John, Luke, Mark, and Mathew. The movie starts with the renunciation that it is not based on the above gospels. Instead the movie is derived from the book, The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis. The book focuses on the dual nature of Christ or his humanity (Greydanus).

It is not a must that the dramatic representation of the humanity of Christ to be compatible with the different articles about Christ (Greydanus). But, it could be valuable as well as worthwhile if any work of art focuses on the truth about Christ. In The Last Temptation of Christ, the movie gives the audiences the ‘human’ Jesus, but then again he is imperfect. The movie has scenes that depict blasphemy. For instance, there is a part where Jesus expounds that he creates the crosses for crucifying his fellow Jews and the Romans thus God will not only hate him, but also abandon him. Other scenes show the persistent confusion and doubts of Jesus regarding the nature of his mission and identity. For instance, Jesus doubts whether he is the Savior or Messiah (Greydanus).

In another scene, Jesus sits all afternoon in an apartment adjacent to Mary Magdalene’s room who is a prostitute. Jesus is able to see as well as hear Mary Magdalene servicing some of her clients. It is argued that Jesus could be moved to lust since he could see and hear. Throughout the film, it is shown that Jesus is obsessed with Mary Magdalene.

In Mark 3:31-35, the crowd of listeners tells Jesus that his brothers and mother want to see him. Jesus tells the crowd that “his brothers and sisters are people who do the will of God”. In the Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus tells his mother that he has “no family and turns his back on Mary” (Greydanus). This makes Mary break down in tears. In Mark 7:10-13, Jesus emphasizes that everyone should respect his/her parents. Therefore, the movie contradicts Jesus’ teaching on love and respect.

The movie is not comparable to the traditional Christian understanding. In the movie, Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus since he is ordered to do so by Jesus. In one of the scenes, Judas tells Jesus to put himself in his position and asks him whether he could let down the beloved master. Jesus tells Judas he cannot do it but he insists he is ready to die on the cross (Greydanus). In addition, Judas Iscariot acts as the conscience of Jesus. For instance, when Jesus starts his ministry, he fears that Judas will kill him if does not complete his mission.

According to the Christian teachings, Christ was not only fully divine, but also fully human. This implies that there is nothing wrong to try to express humanity of Christ in form a novel or film. This brings to the people’s mind the truth of the humanity of Christ as an honorable as well as good thing even though Christ’s divinity is not addressed. It is worthwhile to visualize Jesus being able of experiencing fear and loneliness, having fun with the people, e.g., wedding party, or becoming annoyed with his disciples and not being perfect, i.e., he commits sins.

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Greydanus, S. The Last Temptation of Christ: An Essay in Film Criticism and Faith. 2010. 25 April 2012 <http://www.decentfilms.com/articles/lasttemptation>.

 


The Life of Brian- Response paper

April 28, 2012

‘The life of Brian’

 

This paper will major on the narrative style of the movie whereby the main content will involve how the story has been developed. The narrative style here is the technique that the director has used to come up with the arrangement of the different events in the movie. The main way in which the movie is sequenced is to check whether the director of the movie has achieved the characters required for a good and understandable movie. The movie, “Life of Brian,” relays the story of Brian’s life in general. This is because he is the aim character and this makes certain that the viewer is able to understand all about the play by making the story talk more about the protagonist Brian. This is a movie that in particular entails the story of religious spoof.

In the movie all the scenes that take place are put in an order, which can simply make the viewer have the flow of what is going on until the moment the movie comes to an end. Terry clearly explains the life of Brian in a systematic manner. Explanation of his life from the time he is young to the time he undergoes suffering is not mixed up. This is to mean the director wants to attract the attention of the viewers by making sure the flow of the story is the way it is supposed to be. Unlike situations where some directors may not really have the ability to ensure that the events are in order, Terry makes certain that his movie is perfect and different (87-88). Making sure that the events are in an order the way they are supposed to be in makes it possible for the director to attract the attention of the viewers to ensure that they grasp all that is going on in the movie.

At the beginning the actor is born and the director explains all the situations that he undergoes before he dies. All these events take place each at a time and the good nature found in the director is that he tries his best to ensure that they are all sequenced as they happened. From the beginning the events are sequenced in order to ensure that there is no confusion when watching the movie.

This generally gives a clear impression that the movie is understandable to anyone who watches it. All the episodes are put in place in such a way that the movie does not make the viewer confused, which is an element that is featured extensively in this movie making it one of the best movies ever released. It is very clear that people usually go for what they know when they watch they will always be satisfied with what they have seen and if told to narrate he story they are in a position to. All the movies should therefore have this character to ensure that they have a flow that is well understood. In this case the director of the movie, Terry Jones qualifies to produce good movies because of the way this one is managed. It has the characters of a good movie, making the director have the heart of producing even more.

 

Coming to the conclusion part of it, all movies should have an understandable flow of stories to make certain that the viewers get to know what the movie is talking about. All movie directors should make certain that they have the ability to produce movies that cannot make viewers bored but make them cheer up and understand the content therein. On the other hand they should always ensure that the movies have interesting parts to break the boredom. This will cause those who have watched the movies, and have seen that they are really good, convince others to but them making it a big profit for the directors.

 


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