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Last updated: November 20, 1997
* Gospel According to St. Matthew, The
Italy/France, 1966, Drama, D: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Stars: Enrique Irazoqi, Margherita Caruso, 135 m
This film shows the life of Jesus, simple and unadorned, according to the Gospel of Matthew. Director Pier Paolo Pasolilni, a Marxist filmmaker, was invited by the Catholic Church to a conference on film, Put up in a monastery during the conference, he had only the Bible to read. After reading Matthew's Gospel, he decided to make this classic film.

* Jesus of Montreal
Canada/France, 1989, Drama, D: Denys Arcand, Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, 119 m.
A small group of young actors put on a Passion Play in Montreal. After resistance from the Church, and rejection by society, their story begins to parallel that of Jesus and his disciples.

* Man for All Seasons, A
UK, 1966, Drama, D: Fred Zinnemann, Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hillier, Leo McKern, 150 m
When King Henry VIII asked Lord Chancellor Thomas More to support a break with Rome and the establishment of the Church of England, More refused, and stayed loyal to his church all the way to the executioner.

* Mission, The
UK, 1986, Drama D: Roland Joffe, Stars: Robert de Niro, Jeremy Irons, 125 m
A Jesuit mission to the Indians in the jungles of Brazil in the 18th Century is threatened by Portuguese and Spanish colonists. The nonviolent resistance of one priest (Jeremy Irons) comes up against the cry for armed resistance by another missionary (Robert de Niro).

* Romero
USA, 1989, Drama, D: John Duigan, Stars: Raul Julia, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, 105 m
Bishop Romero of El Salvador spoke out against the Death Squads of the government. His reward was martyrdom.

* Viridiana
Mexico/Spain, 1961, Drama, D: Luis Bunuel, Stars: Francisco Rabal, Silvia Pinal, 90 m
A novice nun named Viridiana rejects the assaults of her uncle and opens her house to all the poor, the beggars and the destitute of the town - with unexpected results..

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