Monday, April 07, 2014

'Last Temptation of Christ' at Winona State University

The film The Last Temptation of Christ will be shown on the Winona State University campus on April 10, 2014 at 7pm in the Stark Hall Auditorium.

Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation of Christ is a fictional take on the life of Jesus, dramatizing the struggle between earthly desires and higher callings. Roger Ebert wrote, “This film is likely to inspire more serious thought on the nature of Jesus than any other ever made.”

A webpage, including the trailer and links to essays and reviews about the film can be found here. There is also a Facebook event page here.

When it premiered in 1988, The Last Temptation of Christ incited considerable debate. For that reason, the faculty and student leaders of Winona State as well as the leaders of religious organizations in the Winona area are offered a chance to respond to this film on Sounds of Cinema. The responses will be prerecorded and broadcast on the show airing on Sunday, April 20th. In order to allow enough time to integrate them into the show, the responses will have to be completed by April 17th. Responses should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Limited to five minutes in length.
  • Relate specifically to the content of the film.
  • Delivered in language that is broadcast appropriate.
If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact me by email at

The screening of The Last Temptation of Christ is sponsored by Winona State University’s English Department, Sociology Department, Mass Communication Department, the Darrell W. Krueger Library and Sounds of Cinema.