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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, screenwriter Paul Schrader, and film critic Jay Cocks Rating:8.2/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sirgawayn on September 24th, 2005:Find all reviews by sirgawayn
An excellent track. It is perfectly edited to balance philosophy, filmmaking technique, and production anecdotes in a scene-specific way, and nearly every comment is interesting. However you feel about the film, you can clearly see the passion Scorsese and his colleagues have for it.
Reviewed by sirgawayn on November 19th, 2005:Find all reviews by sirgawayn
No pun intended. Sorry about that.
Reviewed by nightsinge on May 2nd, 2007:Find all reviews by nightsinge
I'm completely leery of commentary tracks with multiple participants as I have suffered through too many incidents where people address one another instead of the audience, share in-jokes and tell each other how good they are.

Therefore, I was pleasantly delighted to listen to Scorsese and Dafoe, who each added depth and insights into the film. Watching Last Temptation with commentary, I have a much deeper appreciation for Scorsese's use of symbolism and his deep dedication to research and history in order to portray the story with as much accuracy as possible. I wish all films had commentaries that brought as much to the films!

It is possible that they recorded commentary on different occasions and the final was later created from excerpts.
Reviewed by zombking on January 17th, 2008:Find all reviews by zombking
Everyone here knows the film intimately, which works well, but I've always held that no matter how good of a director he is (and he is, of course, one of the best), he's not the best commentator on his own films. The writers, however, are excellent in not just saying "oh, *writer* wrote that and it's a great line" but rather going through their own trials and tribulations regarding the film. Defoe does contribute somewhat, but you'll find that he often is the one telling the amusing anecdotes rather than giving the insight.