September 30, 2011

‘Last Temptation of Christ’ part of Philosophy Film Series Oct. 4

“The Last Temptation of Christ,” director Martin Scorsese’s controversial 1988 film, is the featured selection for the Philosophy Film Series Oct. 4 at Front Range Community College.

The movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Community Room of the Classroom Building at the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. It will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Catlyn Keenan, philosophy and women’s studies faculty, Thad Horrell, philosophy instructor, and students in the Philosophy Club.

“The film is a retelling of the Jesus story with some fairly radical reinterpretations and additions to the biblical story,” Keenan said. “It stretches our understanding of who Jesus was and highlights some of the more mythic elements of the story. In addition, the representation of the disciples as Caucasian and the Romans and Jews (played mostly by Moroccans) as dark-skinned is problematic. Satan is played by a young girl and Mary Magdalene is portrayed, graphically, as a prostitute, leading to interesting questions about how females are represented and understood. The film was highly controversial when released but the author of the story (the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis) and Scorsese both claim that the story is meant to be reverential.”

Admission is free. Seating is limited, with FRCC students given first priority. The movie has an R rating.

For more information contact Keenan at

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.