The Last Temptation of Christ
I recently watched The Last Temptation of Christ. I had seen little bits and pieces previously, but this time I watched it completely with out interruption or any cuts.
After I had watched it I understood why so many christians and the vatican hated it. How dare "they" make a movie or write a book which makes their savior human, a common man.
I remember when the movie was released how people stood outside the movie theaters and bitched and moaned. I remember my mom and aunts complaining about how "this trash" was being allowed.
The most interesting parts of the movie were the parts where Paul and Jesus were speaking after the Jesus died. Jesus went to Paul and called him a liar. Paul in turn told him that it didn't matter who Jesus was or what was the truth. What was more powerful or more important was "his Jesus" because it was what the people wanted, it was what they needed.
This was important to me because if Jesus existed this is how I imagine him to have been; a normal guy who was trying to figure stuff out. He gained followers and momentum and when he finally died or disappeared these myths were created of him to make the prophecy come true. It allowed the man to more than a man by conquering death.
The movie really is an amazing piece of art. I truly appreciate the deconstruction of the myth.