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Bibil Identifier bibil:213722
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) The Celluloid Brothel
Title (English, ) Imag(in)ing Woman in The Last Temptation of Christ
Author Wright, Melanie J.
Edited book From the Margins 2
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 67-79 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay explores the representation of Mary Magdalene in The Last Temptation
of Christ. Critical literature has characterized the 1988 film as progressive in its
treatment of Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus. Scorsese has sug-
gested that he intended Temptation to transcend patriarchy. This article argues the
contrary view that in the film Jesus’ empowerment goes hand in hand with the
diminishing of Mary Magdalene. Like the clients it depicts visiting her for paid sex,
Temptation reduces Mary Magdalene to her body, reflecting centuries of popular
Christian imagination and the conventions of the film medium, in which representa-
tions of women are constructed for the satisfaction of male consumers.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Mary Magdalene
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Cinema
Last modification 2017-10-27