Rewatched this for a UGO feature about Harvey Keitel’s Judas I put together.
This is a terrific film – but let’s forget about the theological implications for a second. It wins for “you are there” ancient civ reasons alone. The details about the chaotic way of life in Biblical times – truly, a fucked up time to live – are just terrific.
I think that maybe some of the dialogue, especially at the beginning, is a little too ominous and spooky and heavy for its own good, but this is still a movie you can come back to again and again and find in it wonderful stuff.
Like John Lurie as one of the apostles!