The Last Temptation of Christ is an American epic drama film, which is an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ controversial 1955 novel of the same name. The film was shot entirely in Morocco.
Like the novel, the film depicts the life of Jesus Christ and his struggle with various forms of temptation including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust. This results in the book and film depicting Christ being tempted by imagining himself engaged in sexual activities, a notion that has caused outrage from some Christians. The film includes a disclaimer stating “This film is not based on the Gospels, but upon the fictional exploration of the eternal spiritual conflict.”
The film received polarised reviews from critics on its release but director Martin Scorsese received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Barbara Hershey‘s performance as Mary Magdalene earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Peter Gabriel‘s music score also received acclaim, including a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Notable cast & crew
Willem Dafoe, Jesus
Harvey Keitel, Judas Iscariot
Barbary Hershey, Mary Magdalene
Harry Dean Stanton, Saul/Paul of Tarsus
David Bowie, Pontius Pilate
Irvin Kershner, Zebedee
Martin Scorsese, director
Peter Gabriel, music
The film’s musical soundtrack, composed by Peter Gabriel, received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score – Motion Picture in 1988 and was released on CD with the title Passion, which won a Grammy in 1990 for Best New Age Album. The film’s score itself helped to popularise world music.
Hector’s House is a children’s television series using hand puppets. Like the better-known The Magic Roundabout it was a French production revoiced for a British audience. A gentle series, it was first broadcast in 1965. Its French title was La Maison de Toutou written by Georges Croses. La Maison de Toutou translates as “The House of the Doggie” and in the French version, Hector is known as Toutou and Zsazsa is known as ZouZou. In the United Kingdom, it was first shown on the September 9, 1968 and the series of 78 episodes continued as a repeat cycle until September 12, 1975 for its 5-minute-long screenings on BBC 1 at 5:40 p.m. before the News.
The main characters, affable Hector the Dog (voiced by Paul Bacon) and cute Zsazsa the Cat (Lucie Dolène), live in a house and beautiful garden. Kiki the Frog (Denise Bryer), dressed in a pink smock, is a constant and at times an intrusive visitor, through her hole in the wall. Despite Hector’s willingness to endlessly help them out, Kiki and Zsazsa often played tricks on him to teach him a lesson, leading him to say his catchphrase at the end of the episode, “I’m a Great Big [whatever he was] Old Hector.”
Nightflight to Venus is the third studio album by Euro-Caribbean group Boney M., and was released July 28, 1978. The album became a major success in continental Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada, topping most of the album charts during the second half of 1978. It also became their first UK number one album, holding the top spot for 4 weeks, and getting certified Platinum. In Canada, it received nomination for 1980 Juno Award in a category ‘International Album of the Year’. Nightflight to Venus includes their worldwide hits “Rivers of Babylon” and “Brown Girl in the Ring”, a double A-sided single that topped the UK singles chart and has sold over 2 million copies there. In the UK, “Rasputin” and “Painter Man” both reached the Top 10.
Julia Sawalha is a British actress known mainly for her role as Saffron Monsoon in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. She is also known for portraying Lynda Day, editor of the Junior Gazette, in Press Gang and Lydia Bennet in the 1995 television miniseries of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Sawalha’s father is actor Nadim Sawalha who appeared in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and The Living Daylights, while her sister Nadia starred in the soap EastEnders and is now a television presenter and chat show host with whom she has appeared on Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank.