Analysis in “Jesus of Montreal” and “The Last Temptation of Christ”


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Analysis in "Jesus of Montreal" and "The Last Temptation of Christ"
Denys Arcand’s Jesus of Montreal is a re-creation of the story of Jesus Christ’s adult life depicted through the staging of a Passion Play in modern Montreal. In the film, a young actor by the name of Daniel Coloumbe is hired to restage the city’s annual theatrical illustration of the life of Christ. The story begins to draw parallels between Daniel’s experiences in planning and directing the play, and what Christ may have experienced as a young man under pressure to perform a role for which he may or may not have been prepared. For example, despite the fact that Daniel was chosen by church elders to update the play, as Christ was embraced by the elders at his synagogue at...
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.....across as blasphemous from the perspective of someone who may not want to feel doubt about Jesus’ role.
On the other hand, it is clear that, in some ways, the essence of Christ’s submission to God and his realization of his faith in his eventual acceptance of his fate in both films demonstrates how profound his gift to humanity truly was. In knowing that he had a choice, Christ still allowed himself to be sacrificed. From a non-fundamentalist Christian perspective, this undertaking served to underline the value of his contribution. The films made it clear that the story of Jesus Christ’s life was not an easy one, and that his ability to understand and challenge what it meant to be human allowed him to demonstrate his love in a profound way.