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« on: April 16, 2003, 07:35:54 PM »
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Just bought the Last Temptation Criterion Collection DVD and was fascinated in finding out that STING was going to play Pontius Pilate.  Can anyone tell me why Marty was considering Sting back in 1983?  And then, in '88, why was Bowie chosen.  Maybe someone can shed some light?
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2003, 08:04:12 PM »
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After "King Of Comedy", "Last Temptation" was set to be Scorsese's follow up. During that preproduction Sting came in and tested for the part and was cast as Pontius Pilate with Aidan Quinn set as Jesus. But then things fell apart financially (also because of protests) and the project was cancelled until after the success of "Color Of Money".
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2003, 08:13:11 PM »
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God (no pun intended), that was a quick reply--em...do you know why Sting auditioned for the part or if Scorsese knew him?
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2003, 08:22:43 PM »
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According to:


Sting: To start, I'd always wanted to work with Scorsese, and the Kazantzakis novel was one of my favorites. I thought the script was staggeringly good, in comparison with what you normally are asked to read. I think Pilate is one of the most interesting villians consigned to hell. Pilate wasn't just the straightforward, two-dimentional villian, the guy who just washes his hands. He was a complex human being.


Sting goes on about his fascination with Pilate. Pick up the book if you can find it. It's a great read.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2003, 08:28:47 PM »
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I actually just made an order on amazon for every..and I mean EVERY Scorsese book out there...I recently read Scorsese on Scorsese..great stuff....yeah I'm gettin' that book too you just recommended.  Thanks.  I'm just off Michael Mann buzz and now into Scorsese again...
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2003, 01:49:41 PM »
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i just rented the Criterion disc the other day. i watched/listened to the commentary this morning.
this movie brings up a very interesting question on the duality of Christ.
for 8 million bucks, this film looks really great.
at first i didn't recognize Bowie at all, i thought he did really well.
i would have liked to have seen a documentary on the times (88) that the film came out. maybe clips of reactions, debates, etc. Scorsese had a lot of guts to put this film out. it's scary to think that he had to have bodyguards for a while afterwards.

i have  a little complaint with the soundtrack. i don't like it when Scorsese puts poppy stuff right in the middle of films (he did this in Gangs as well). i'm referring to the music that plays as Jesus enters Jerusalem and the Roman soldiers surround him. when music like that, that deviates from the feel of the time period and even the rest of the soundtrack, comes on it really takes me out of it for a bit.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2003, 02:14:16 PM »
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Last Temptation of Christ, i'm not afraid to say the full title. as richard kelly must also agree, i think it's one of the most significant scorsese films, in expressing a deliberately skewed view of "our saviour" it ends up being the most important film on the duality of man and the gap between Son and Father. luvit more than, well it must have a special place in scorsese's heart as well as any free thinking catholic.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2003, 06:39:18 PM »
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I'm trying to persuade a friend of mine to watch The Last Temptation of Christ but he won't because he doesn't AGREE with making a film about God even though his favourite film is The Mission (which has many deep, spiritual under-tones).  I explained to him that the film is anti-God, it's just a wise film that asks questions and doesn't presume anything--and I made him read the booklet that comes with the Criterion DVD which is like a review of the film.  Still won't watch it.  He wants to be a filmmaker and I've told him that this is SCORSESE!!  one of the best we'll ever see, you have to watch for the direction, the cinematography and the performances (especially of Willem Dafoe) which is one the best of all time.  Anyone have any ideas how I can persuade him to watch it?  Anybody have a review that I can send him so it'll persuade him to watch it???HELP!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2003, 07:06:26 PM »
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Quote from: finlayr
I'm trying to persuade a friend of mine to watch The Last Temptation of Christ but he won't because he doesn't AGREE with making a film about God even though his favourite film is The Mission (which has many deep, spiritual under-tones).  I explained to him that the film is anti-God, it's just a wise film that asks questions and doesn't presume anything--and I made him read the booklet that comes with the Criterion DVD which is like a review of the film.  Still won't watch it.  He wants to be a filmmaker and I've told him that this is SCORSESE!!  one of the best we'll ever see, you have to watch for the direction, the cinematography and the performances (especially of Willem Dafoe) which is one the best of all time.  Anyone have any ideas how I can persuade him to watch it?  Anybody have a review that I can send him so it'll persuade him to watch it???HELP!!!!


tell him "yeah, nevermind. DONT watch last temptation. ever. promise me youll never see it. i thought i could trick you, but as i can see, you are far too smart for that. promise me youll never watch that movie. promise!"

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2003, 07:11:40 PM »
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Well, add something about the devil being craftier than he thinks, and soon enough he'll get 'em.  Then run away laughing while doing cartwheels of evil
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2003, 07:14:58 PM »
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I did some cartwheels of evil last night and hurt my back.  

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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2003, 09:30:56 PM »
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My friend actually IS a cartwheel..  I talk to cartwheels, I have no human friends...
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2003, 10:46:48 PM »
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keep off datura.

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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2003, 11:08:22 PM »
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I explained to him that the film is anti-God.


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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2003, 11:51:29 PM »
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I have a question about the "Last Temptation" DVD on Criterion. I already own the film on VHS, but I would like to buy the DVD of it. But the DVD is so expensive and costs about $40. Is it really so good and worth getting to spend that kind of money or should I just keep it on VHS?
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