History Film / TheLastTemptationOfChrist

12th Nov '17 5:58:34 AM alchixinren
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* ForegoneConclusion: Jesus dies on the cross to save humanity from its sins and allow everyone in the world a chance to reach Heaven and see God. It's not like the story can really change the formula up. [[spoiler:Until ''it does'', by way of having Satan appear to tempt Jesus into giving up his destiny for a normal life.]]

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* ForegoneConclusion: Jesus dies on the cross to save humanity from its sins and allow everyone in the world a chance to reach Heaven and see God. It's not like the story can really change the formula up. [[spoiler:Until ''it does'', by way of having Satan appear to tempt Jesus into giving up his destiny for a normal life. DoubleSubverted right at the end when Jesus declines the Last Temptation, choosing to "go back" and die on the cross.]]
29th Aug '17 3:36:52 AM TitanFireFlies
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* AntiHero: Jesus being this in the movie is basically what's so controversial about it, in a nutshell.



%%* BeatStillMyHeart: Yeah, it's kinda crazy.

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%%* * BeatStillMyHeart: Yeah, it's kinda crazy.In a startling scene, [[spoiler:Jesus tears his hand through his chest and pulls out his heart to his disciples, in a demonstration of his power and his newfound determination to take the temple of Jerusalem back.]]


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* ClassicalAntiHero: Jesus being this in the movie is basically what's so controversial about it, in a nutshell.
29th Aug '17 3:07:13 AM TitanFireFlies
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* SmashCut: An unintentional example. [[spoiler:During the final scene, right as Jesus finally dies on the cross, the film flickers out into a myriad of colors before cutting to the end credits. This was because the film reel cut out ''right'' as Willem Dafoe's eyes closed. Scorsese, finding it a magnificent way to end the film, decided to ThrowItIn.]]



* TragicHero: Jesus being human in body yet divine in spirit stresses him out immensely, as he not only has to come to terms that he is the Messiah, but he also ends up facing all the temptations, fears, and insecurities any human does. This drives people away from him, draws in people who are trying to exploit him, gets him pitied by the authorities, and ultimately costs him any chance for a normal and happy life as a regular human being.

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* TragicHero: Jesus being human in body yet divine in spirit stresses him out immensely, as he not only has to come to terms that he is the Messiah, but he also ends up facing all the temptations, fears, and insecurities any human does. This drives people away from him, draws in people who are trying to exploit him, gets him pitied by the authorities, and ultimately costs him any chance for a normal and happy life as a regular human being. [[spoiler:This is, however, hugely averted by the ending, where Jesus manages to fulfill his role as the redeemer of mankind wholeheartedly, proclaiming God's victory in utter triumph right before dying on the cross.]]
29th Aug '17 3:02:54 AM TitanFireFlies
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* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler:With the reveal that Satan's trying to persuade Jesus into giving up his role as the Messiah by promising him a normal life, it is quite probable that the ''whole movie'' right until the final scene at the crucifixion was indeed part of the titular Last Temptation.]]



%%* ForegoneConclusion: Duh.

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%%* * ForegoneConclusion: Duh.Jesus dies on the cross to save humanity from its sins and allow everyone in the world a chance to reach Heaven and see God. It's not like the story can really change the formula up. [[spoiler:Until ''it does'', by way of having Satan appear to tempt Jesus into giving up his destiny for a normal life.]]



* GodIsFlawed: {{Played with}}. The point of the novel is to examine Christ as both entirely God and entirely Human. He is shown as being subjected to many of fears and temptations that humans have. Satan tempts him with Power, Authority and Rule which Jesus rejects, but the final temptation, and the hardest to resist, [[spoiler:is Jesus being a normal man, married to the woman he loves and having children and a family. He ultimately rejects even this and becomes the Christ of Literature/TheBible, gladly accepting his Father's plan.]]

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* GodIsFlawed: {{Played with}}. The point of the novel is to examine Christ as both entirely God and entirely Human. He is shown as being subjected to many of fears and temptations that humans have.have--and while he doesn't necessarily ''indulge'' in sin himself, his intrinsically paradoxical nature as the Messiah fills him with severe self-doubt, insecurity as to his worthiness, and suppressed anger towards those who merely plan to use him for their own purposes. Satan tempts him with Power, Authority and Rule which Jesus rejects, but the final temptation, and the hardest to resist, [[spoiler:is Jesus being a normal man, married to the woman he loves and having children and a family. He ultimately rejects even this and becomes the Christ of Literature/TheBible, gladly accepting his Father's plan.]]



%%* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jesus' greatest desire and [[spoiler:the last temptation]].



%%* InnerMonologue: Jesus does this quite a bit.


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* TragicHero: Jesus being human in body yet divine in spirit stresses him out immensely, as he not only has to come to terms that he is the Messiah, but he also ends up facing all the temptations, fears, and insecurities any human does. This drives people away from him, draws in people who are trying to exploit him, gets him pitied by the authorities, and ultimately costs him any chance for a normal and happy life as a regular human being.
25th Aug '17 12:38:59 PM DustSnitch
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* CelibateHero: Subverted. [[spoiler:Then double subverted.]]

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25th Aug '17 12:38:45 PM DustSnitch
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As stated earlier, the film/novel depart substantially from Literature/TheFourGospel's account of Jesus' life. First to come to mind is that Jesus, while still capable of miracle working, is a [[GodIsFlawed fallen and deeply flawed]] human being, who disrespects his mother, watches prostitutes have sex, and wants to be abandoned by God. Secondly, [[AntiVillain Judas isn't that bad of a guy.]] Instead of outright betraying Jesus, he's practically forced into it by the man himself. Because of these deviations, the film ends up using many tropes of Jesus movies while PlayingWith them in new and rather un-Christian ways.

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As stated earlier, the film/novel depart substantially from Literature/TheFourGospel's Literature/TheFourGospels' account of Jesus' life. First to come to mind is that Jesus, while still capable of miracle working, is a [[GodIsFlawed fallen and deeply flawed]] human being, who disrespects his mother, watches prostitutes have sex, and wants to be abandoned by God. Secondly, [[AntiVillain Judas isn't that bad of a guy.]] Instead of outright betraying Jesus, he's practically forced into it by the man himself. Because of these deviations, the film ends up using many tropes of Jesus movies while PlayingWith them in new and rather un-Christian ways.
25th Aug '17 12:38:26 PM DustSnitch
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%% Amen, amen I say to you, the one who provide zero context to even the least examples will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. The Lord will see that they have uncommented examples with no context and He will throw them into Gehenna, where there shall be much weeping and gnashing of teeth.



This is the 1988 film by Creator/MartinScorsese, based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. Starring Creator/WillemDafoe as UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, what follows is a fairly loose reinterpretation of the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] story of Jesus' life and Crucifixion (sorry, the film's long enough without him coming back).

As stated earlier, the film/novel depart substantially from Literature/{{the Bible}}'s account of Jesus' life. First to come to mind is that Jesus, while still capable of miracle working, is a [[GodIsFlawed deeply flawed]] human being, with the same weaknesses and vulnerabilities as everyone else. Secondly, [[AntiVillain Judas isn't that bad of a guy.]] Instead of outright betraying Jesus, he's practically forced into it by the man himself.

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This is the 1988 film by Creator/MartinScorsese, based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. Starring Creator/WillemDafoe as UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, what follows is a fairly loose reinterpretation of the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] story of Jesus' life and Crucifixion (sorry, the film's long enough without him coming back).

As stated earlier, the film/novel depart substantially from Literature/{{the Bible}}'s Literature/TheFourGospel's account of Jesus' life. First to come to mind is that Jesus, while still capable of miracle working, is a [[GodIsFlawed fallen and deeply flawed]] human being, with the same weaknesses who disrespects his mother, watches prostitutes have sex, and vulnerabilities as everyone else.wants to be abandoned by God. Secondly, [[AntiVillain Judas isn't that bad of a guy.]] Instead of outright betraying Jesus, he's practically forced into it by the man himself.
himself. Because of these deviations, the film ends up using many tropes of Jesus movies while PlayingWith them in new and rather un-Christian ways.



* AffablyEvil: The way Pontius Pilate is depicted.

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* BeatStillMyHeart: Yeah, it's kinda crazy.

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* %%* BeatStillMyHeart: Yeah, it's kinda crazy.



* BigBad: {{Satan}}, represented here first as a snake, then a lion, later [[spoiler:as the angelic little girl and finally a pillar of {{Hellfire}}]]
* BreakThemByTalking: Mature, un-crucified Jesus confronts [[Creator/HarryDeanStanton Paul]] over his preaching, and is shut down right quick:

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* BigBad: {{Satan}}, represented here first as a snake, then a lion, later [[spoiler:as the angelic little girl and finally a pillar of {{Hellfire}}]]
fire.]]
* BreakThemByTalking: Mature, The older, un-crucified Jesus confronts [[Creator/HarryDeanStanton Paul]] over his preaching, and is shut down right quick:



* CameBackWrong: Lazarus, if to a less severe extent than usual for this trope.

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* %%* CameBackWrong: Lazarus, if to a less severe extent than usual for this trope.



* TheChosenOne: The original.
* CreepyChild: The guardian angel. Don't worry, it's only [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]].

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* %%* CreepyChild: The guardian angel. Don't worry, it's only [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]].



** Scorsese also deconstructs JesusWasWayCool, pointing out that if Jesus was so charismatic then [[FridgeLogic there wouldn't have been such hatred]] or controversy provoked by him in the first place.[[note]] According to the Bible, the reasons for the enmity towards Him included people disagreeing with Him saying He was the Messiah and He made enemies of those who were corrupt among the Pharisees and Chief Priests when He called them out on their corruption, hypocrisy, abuses of power and not doing their job.[[/note]] He shows Jesus as a KingOfTheHomeless attracting lepers, prostitutes and other outcasts who the establishment would regard as weirdos with Willem Dafoe's Jesus getting AdaptationalAngstUpgrade rather than a MessianicArchetype we see. The movie also deconstructs Christian attitudes to sexuality, by foregrounding the conflict between "Fully Human and Fully Divine". Also ''The Last Temptation'' is the first work in Western Art to depict women with Jesus at The Last Supper.

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** Scorsese also deconstructs JesusWasWayCool, pointing out that if Jesus was so charismatic then [[FridgeLogic there wouldn't have been such hatred]] or controversy provoked by him in the first place.[[note]] According to the Bible, Gospels, the reasons for the enmity towards Him included people disagreeing with Him saying He was the Messiah and He made enemies of those who were corrupt among the Pharisees and Chief Priests when He called them out on their corruption, hypocrisy, abuses of power and not doing their job.[[/note]] He shows Jesus as a KingOfTheHomeless attracting lepers, prostitutes and other outcasts who the establishment would regard as weirdos with Willem Dafoe's Jesus getting AdaptationalAngstUpgrade rather than a MessianicArchetype we see. The movie also deconstructs Christian attitudes to sexuality, by foregrounding the conflict between "Fully Human and Fully Divine". Also ''The Last Temptation'' is the first work in Western Art to depict women with Jesus at The Last Supper.



--> ''The Last Temptation is certainly the most orthodox christian movie about Jesus ever made. [...] The [[Creator/CSLewis Liar, Lord, or Lunatic]] argument that [christian apologists] use is, I think, deeply flawed because it implies Jesus wasn't a genuine human being because the idea that he was God - whether he was or not - would have driven him insane. Right ? And that's exactly what happens in the the Last Temptation ; no other movie ever took that seriously.''

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--> ''The Last Temptation is certainly the most orthodox christian movie about Jesus ever made. [...] The [[Creator/CSLewis Liar, Lord, or Lunatic]] argument that [christian apologists] use is, I think, deeply flawed because it implies Jesus wasn't a genuine human being because the idea that he was God - whether he was or not - would have driven him insane. Right ? Right? And that's exactly what happens in the the Last Temptation ; Temptation; no other movie ever took that seriously.''



* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: [[spoiler:Quite literally with the guardian angel.]]

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* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: [[spoiler:Quite literally with the a beautiful guardian angel.angel who turns out to be a disguise of Satan.]]



* FieryRedhead: Judas.
* ForegoneConclusion: Duh.

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* %%* ForegoneConclusion: Duh.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jesus' greatest desire and [[spoiler:the last temptation]].

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* %%* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jesus' greatest desire and [[spoiler:the last temptation]].



* InnerMonologue: Jesus does this quite a bit.

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* %%* InnerMonologue: Jesus does this quite a bit.



* TheLastTitle: The title.

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* OneSteveLimit: A notable aversion with the three different Marys in Jesus' life (his mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany--sister of Lazarus and Martha), which becomes symbolically important during the last temptation [[spoiler:because all three women are associated with motherhood. Mary Magdalene becomes Jesus' wife and carries his child, only to die during pregnancy. The third Mary ends up giving birth to his offspring.]][[note]]Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany being different people is a reflection of Niko Kazantzakis' Orthodox background, since there's a long Catholic tradition that they're the same person, though more recently the Church has gone with the view that they're separate.[[/note]]

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* OneSteveLimit: A notable aversion with the three different Marys in Jesus' life (his mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany--sister of Lazarus and Martha), which becomes symbolically important during the last temptation [[spoiler:because because all three women are associated with motherhood. Mary [[spoiler:Mary Magdalene becomes Jesus' wife and carries his child, only to die during pregnancy. The third Mary ends up giving birth to his offspring.]][[note]]Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany being different people is a reflection of Niko Kazantzakis' Orthodox background, since there's a long Catholic tradition that they're the same person, though more recently the Church has gone with the view that they're separate.[[/note]]



* StylisticSuck: The stilted and rambling preaching of Paul of Tarsus. According to historical accounts, Saul/Paul was very bad at public speaking, which is why he's most remembered for his letters. According to Paul Schrader, Harry Dean Stanton was modelling his performance on televangelists.
* TemporalParadox: {{Averted}}. The alternate future Jesus is shown still depicts [[spoiler:Paul preaching the resurrection of Jesus and thus ensuring the proliferation of Christianity with or without Jesus' help]].
** But this version of Christianity is shown to be utterly false and hypocritical, consistent with theBible itself. See FridgeBrilliance under YMMV.

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* StylisticSuck: The stilted and rambling preaching of Paul of Tarsus. According to historical accounts, Saul/Paul was very bad at public speaking, which is why he's most remembered for his letters. According to Paul Schrader, Harry Dean Stanton was modelling modeling his performance on televangelists.
* TemporalParadox: {{Averted}}. The alternate future Jesus is shown still depicts [[spoiler:Paul preaching the resurrection of Jesus and thus ensuring the proliferation of Christianity with or without Jesus' help]].
** But this version of Christianity is shown to be utterly false and hypocritical, consistent with theBible itself. See FridgeBrilliance under YMMV.
televangelists.



* WindmillCrusader: Jesus is portrayed as the insane kind of WindmillCrusader. This is played straight for most of the movie; he even gets cured of his messiah complex and gets to live a normal life.
** [[spoiler:In the TwistEnding, however, Judas accuses Jesus of betraying him by not going through with dying on the cross as they had previously agreed. Jesusí guardian angel is then revealed to be the devil, who had tricked him into believing that he’s not the messiah. Thus, it turns out that it was NoMereWindmill after all.]]

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* WindmillCrusader: WindmillCrusader:
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Jesus is portrayed as the insane kind of WindmillCrusader. This is played straight for most of the movie; he even gets cured of his messiah complex and gets to live a normal life.
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life. [[spoiler:In the TwistEnding, however, Judas accuses Jesus of betraying him by not going through with dying on the cross as they had previously agreed. Jesusí guardian angel is then revealed to be the devil, who had tricked him into believing that he’s not the messiah. Thus, it turns out that it was NoMereWindmill after all.]]



* WindmillPolitical: Saul, see WindmillCrusader above.

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* %%* WindmillPolitical: Saul, see WindmillCrusader above.
above.
12th May '17 4:09:59 PM Ezclee4050
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* WhamLine:
-->'''Judas Iscariot''': What angel? Look at her: [[spoiler:Satan!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Satan''': I told you we would meet again.]]
10th May '17 6:01:57 PM Ezclee4050
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* OneSteveLimit: A notable aversion with the three different Marys in Jesus' life (his mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany--sister of Lazarus and Martha), which becomes symbolically important during the last temptation [[spoiler:because all three women are associated with motherhood. Mary Magdalene becomes Jesus' wife and carries his child, only to die during pregnancy. The third Mary ends up giving birth to his offspring.]][[note]]Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany being different people is a reflection of Niko Kazantzakis' Orthodox background, since there's a long Catholic tradition that they're the same person.[[/note]]

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* OneSteveLimit: A notable aversion with the three different Marys in Jesus' life (his mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany--sister of Lazarus and Martha), which becomes symbolically important during the last temptation [[spoiler:because all three women are associated with motherhood. Mary Magdalene becomes Jesus' wife and carries his child, only to die during pregnancy. The third Mary ends up giving birth to his offspring.]][[note]]Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany being different people is a reflection of Niko Kazantzakis' Orthodox background, since there's a long Catholic tradition that they're the same person.person, though more recently the Church has gone with the view that they're separate.[[/note]]
10th May '17 4:08:55 PM Ezclee4050
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* OneSteveLimit: A notable aversion with the three different Marys in Jesus' life (his mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Lazarus), which becomes symbolically important during the last temptation [[spoiler:because all three women are associated with motherhood. Mary Magdalene becomes Jesus' wife and carries his child, only to die during pregnancy. The third Mary ends up giving birth to his offspring.]]

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* OneSteveLimit: A notable aversion with the three different Marys in Jesus' life (his mother, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Lazarus), Bethany--sister of Lazarus and Martha), which becomes symbolically important during the last temptation [[spoiler:because all three women are associated with motherhood. Mary Magdalene becomes Jesus' wife and carries his child, only to die during pregnancy. The third Mary ends up giving birth to his offspring.]] ]][[note]]Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany being different people is a reflection of Niko Kazantzakis' Orthodox background, since there's a long Catholic tradition that they're the same person.[[/note]]
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