The Last Temptation of Christ

I was looking at Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" and was struck at how accurately--historically and archeologically--Scorsese depicts the crucifixions. Nails into wrists, Jesus carrying a crossbeam and not the whole cross. T shaped crucifix, a sign with the condemned man's crime written on it carried behind him, to be nailed atop the cross. Even the way Willem Dafoe's legs are painfully twisted to one side (it's a far more excruciating position than the one Cavaziel assumes) with the nails hammered into the heels turns out to be based closely on the pathology reports of the one crucified corpse found by archeologists.


And of course, Dafoe is nude. I can't begin to say how Cavaziel's superhuman loincloth, able to withstand a ridiculously exaggerated scourging and Roman Standard Procedures to strip a man naked annoys me. (con't)


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