The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 Criterion Collection
"The Last Temptation of Christ" was a project that filmmaker Martin Scorsese had wanted to make for years, a passion project. A Catholic, Scorsese had wanted to make a film about the life of Jesus since childhood, having watched the Hollywood religious epics and being inspired by them. He would give up a life in the priesthood to become a filmmaker. Having optioned the book of the same name by author Nikos Kazantzakis in 1970, it would be 18 years before his vision could be seen on the big screen, and it caused quite a stir among the Christian population that protested the film and called it a work of blasphemy.
"The Last Temptation of Christ" is a film which depicts the life of Jesus Christ (Willem Dafoe) as he meets his ultimate end. The Story of Christ is undoubtedly the most well known story of all time, however this story explores the life of the Savior in a more personal and human manner. His struggles with temptation take a front seat in Scorsese's opus as he deals with forms of fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust.
This film is not like the usual religious epics we've previously seen from Hollywood, the types that romanticize the era and portray the figures as pillars for morality throughout their struggles, matched with immaculate costumes and lush scope photography. No. "The Last Temptation of Christ" is humanistic in character, smaller and a much more personal film.


Commentary by director Martin Scorsese, star Willem Dafoe, screenwriter Paul Schrader and film critic Jay Cocks

Costume Designs - a collection of sketches made by costume designer Jean-Pierre Delifer. Courtesy of Martin Scorsese.

Stills and Research - a collection of production and publicity stills by photographer Mario Tursi, as well as images that director Martin Scorsese drew on while preparing The Last Temptation of Christ.

On Location in Morocco - behind the scenes footage shot by director Martin Scorsese in Morocco. The various excerpts presented here are from his original VHS video master. In English, not subtitled.

Peter Gabriel - in this interview, composer Peter Gabriel recalls his first encounter with Martin Scorsese, the type of harmonies he desired for the soundtrack, as well as the cliches he wanted to avoid, and discusses the unique instruments that were made and used. Also included is a text-format introduction various stills. The interview was conducted in 1996 in New York City. In English, not subtitled.

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