The Last Temptation of Christ Film Still

The Last Temptation of Christ

Martin Scorsese

 
The Last Temptation of Christ (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

+ Add to Cart
  • United States
  • 1988
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #70

The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese, is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This fifteen-year labor of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel.

Cast

JesusWillem Dafoe
JudasHarvey Keitel
Mary MagdaleneBarbara Hershey
Saul/PaulHarry Dean Stanton
Pontius PilateDavid Bowie
Mary, mother of JesusVerna Bloom
JeroboamBarry Miller
ZebedeeIrvin Kershner
John the BaptistAndré Gregory
Girl angelJuliette Caton

Credits

DirectorMartin Scorsese
Based on the novel byNikos Kazantzakis
Produced byBarbara De Fina
ScreenplayPaul Schrader
Executive producerHarry Ufland
Director of photographyMichael Ballhaus
Original score composed byPeter Gabriel
Edited byThelma Schoonmaker
Production designerJohn Beard
Costume designerJean-Pierre Delifer
CastingCis Corman

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
  • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
  • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
  • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

    New cover by Gordon Reynolds and Eva Wah

Film Essays

Lasttemptation_89_033_current_thumbnail

The Last Temptation of Christ: Passion Project

By David Ehrenstein March 13, 2012

The controversy surrounding the release of Martin Scorsese’s film obscured its radical and profound spirituality. Read more »


Film Essays

Lasttemptation_89_033_current_thumbnail

The Last Temptation of Christ: Passion Project

By David Ehrenstein April 24, 2000

The controversy surrounding the release of Scorsese’s film obscured its radical and profound spirituality. Read more »

Web Exclusives

Lasttemptationthmb_thumbnail

Personal Jesus

By Bruce Bennett May 09, 2012

The valiant, frail honesty of Jesus as portrayed by Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ is what’s missing from nearly every other screen Messiah. Read more »


Film Essays

Lasttemptation_89_033_current_thumbnail

The Last Temptation of Christ: Passion Project

By David Ehrenstein March 13, 2012

The controversy surrounding the release of Martin Scorsese’s film obscured its radical and profound spirituality. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Three Reasons


Clippings

Shock Cinema

February 09, 2011

Not all of cinema’s greatest achievements have always been widely embraced. The film writers of Time Out New York have just illustrated this maxim with a sensational article called “The 50 Most . . . Read more »


News

Three Go 3-D

April 19, 2010

Post-Avatar, it seems some of our favorite filmmakers have caught3-D fever. Just in the past week, it’s been confirmed that Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, and Werner Herzog will soon be getting . . . Read more »


News

Ballhaus: From Fassbinder to Scorsese

February 18, 2010

Michael Ballhaus, German cinematographer turned Academy Award–nominated Hollywood DP, is getting his due at the Cinémathèque française, in a retrospective that begins this week and runs until . . . Read more »


News

Scorsese’s Next Invention

January 22, 2010

Following in the triumphant recent footsteps of Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze, Martin Scorsese is, according to reports in Variety and the Guardian, likely turning to children’s literature for . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Lasttemptation_89_033_current_thumbnail

The Last Temptation of Christ: Passion Project

By David Ehrenstein April 24, 2000

The controversy surrounding the release of Scorsese’s film obscured its radical and profound spirituality. Read more »