Using dialogue drawn directly from its source material, Pasolini’s stark, realistic retelling of the story of Christ according to the Gospel of St Matthew is perhaps the most faithful, and quietly moving, biblical movie ever made. Drawing on neo-realist techniques such as the use of non-professional actors, location shooting and simple black and white cinematography, Pasolini, a gay, Marxist, atheist, presents Christ as a kind of revolutionary figure, strong of will and utterly dedicated to the common man.

Part of the Magnum Photos & Masters of Cinema retrospective that also includes: Aparajito, Orphée, Stalker, Taste of Cherry, and Zabriskie Point. An exhibition to accompany the retrospective is in the Film Festival Bar at Leeds Town Hall from 1st to 16th November. In addition, you can see Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum and The Magnum Eye as part of LIFF 2017.

Ticket offers: the LIFF 2017 Pass is incredible value or see 6 films for the price of 5 (available by phone or in person only) - details here.

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