The Baby of Mâcon

1993, Peter Greenaway

A masterpiece both in terms of social critique and film language, this film analyzes all that you always wanted to know about religious corruption, but were afraid to ask. A baby is born to a wannabe virgin, becomes a celebrity and…well, you know the rest. What you don’t know and will never know unless you watch this, is Greenaway’s taste for combining theatre and film, and his twisted sense of humor when it comes to his audience. Oh yes, and for those thirsty for controversy: this film is most known (unfortunately) for having probably the longest gang rape scene in the history of ever. It’s ironic, but only people who haven’t seen the film are outraged by it, because they have no way of knowing that you actually cannot see most of it and the rest doesn’t even go close to the disturbing things out there.

The Devils

1971, Ken Russell

The script is based on Aldous Huxley’s novel, but the film captures a completely different atmosphere and reaches new levels of despair compared to the book. It is not better, nor worst, just different. The story is that of a priest involved in (dirty) politics and a nun obsessed by him and her repressed sexuality – astonishingly portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave. The imagery is haunting and disturbing, the two analogies, of religion and corruption, and of religion and insanity are paralleled nicely, leaving basically no likable character to which one could relate.

The Last Temptation of Christ

1988, Martin Scorsese

Brilliant Willem Defoe as Jesus! And even more brilliant David Bowie as Pontius Pilate! And Harvey Keitel as Judas! It is worth watching this film just for this. But also, for the intriguing story of the only thing that could represent a real temptation for a god.

+ a film about other than Christians and how they go mad just as Christians:

Takva: A Man’s Fear of God, 2006, Özer Kiziltan


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