I just watched Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ (based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis – link is to a wonderful essay) again, this time on Criterion’s DVD release (splendid master, I must say.)
Those of you who were put off from seeing this when it was released, perhaps because it was declared as blasphemy, you were too young, or it just didn’t appeal — go and rent it, or come over and see it. This film continues to amaze me, move me to tears, and fill me with joy every time I see it — and I’m not a Christian!
I want to say so much about the film, but really, all I can say is that it so accurately portrays the struggle of a human being coming to terms with a world that’s greater than he is, one that contains more forces than those inside the average human experience. Or — does everyone experience this same struggle? Is that the point, that humanity fundamentally will rediscover this turmoil one individual at a time?