Ten Favorite Religious Movies by John Waters
Magazine, February 1996.
Marc Connelly and William Keighley
Racially incorrect by today's standards, this fish-fry-in-the-sky features
an all-black cast led by "De Lawd" as he retells tales from the Old Testament
as a young child might imagine them.
Joan of the Angels aka The Devil and the Nun
A priest, sent to cure a pack of possessed Polish nuns, takes on their
madness and commits two murders in the name of Christian love.
Favorite scene - the infamous orgy where the drunken beggars freeze in
the exact position of the apostles in Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
Widely known as "I Was A Teenage Jesus." Jeffrey Hunter stars as the first
Hollywood pinup on the cross.
Gospel According to St. Matthew
Pier Paolo Pasolini
The only religious movie that ever made me feel reverent without irony.
Pasolini definitely went to heaven for this one.
Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey
Brigid (Polk) Berlin and Ondine play the parents of the moody, silent
beauty Patrick Tilden, as Nico reads aloud from the holy book for which
the film is named.
"The Father and Mother must fuck over my body and Lucifer will die," rants
Mary in this artier-than-thou religious treatise that baited humor-impaired
Christian pickets by the busloads in the 1980's.
The scary and beautiful minimalist ode to the teenage saint who drank
the bathwater of lepers and had a big-time crush on Jesus.
Last Temptation of Christ
Willem Dafoe, the first uncut Jesus.
Is the character "Powder" Michael Jackson, a gay saint, or Jesus Christ
himself? You be the judge.