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an_DT
astonishingly_RB
difficult_JJ
movie_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
,_,
the_DT
last_OD
temptation_NN
of_IN
=_SYM
christ_NP
may_NP
be_BE
scorsese_JJ
's_BEZ
most_DT
important_JJ
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
yet_RB
his_PP$
most_DT
=_SYM
impossibly_RB
abstract_JJ
as_CS
well_RB
._.
scorsese_JJ
presents_NNS
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
jesus_NP
=_SYM
christ_NP
,_,
through_IN
nikos_???
kazantzakis_NNS
'_"
novel_NN
,_,
which_WDT
details_NNS
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
=_SYM
christ_NP
from_IN
approximately_RB
20_CD
until_IN
the_DT
day_NN
of_IN
crucifixtion_NP
._.
jesus_NP
of_IN
=_SYM
nazareth_VBZ
(_(
dafoe_???
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
carpenter_NN
,_,
who_WP
opens_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
making_VBG
crosses_NNS
,_,
so_RB
=_SYM
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
escape_VB
the_DT
fate_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
subjected_VBN
to_IN
,_,
his_PP$
destiny_NN
on_IN
earth_NN
._.
=_SYM
yet_RB
,_,
he_PP
soon_RB
learns_VBZ
his_PP$
evil_NN
ways_NNS
for_IN
aiding_VBG
in_IN
the_DT
deaths_NNS
of_IN
others_NNS
,_,
=_SYM
and_CC
subjects_NNS
himself_PPX
to_TO
a_DT
desert_NN
in_IN
exile_NN
,_,
in_IN
hopes_NNS
that_CS
he_PP
can_MD
reach_VB
=_SYM
god_NN
._.
before_IN
leaving_VBG
,_,
he_PP
asks_VBZ
for_IN
forgiveness_NN
from_IN
mary_NP
magdelene_NN
=_SYM
(_(
barbara_NP
hershey_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
prostitute_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
childhood_NN
friend_NN
of_IN
jesus_NP
._.
=_SYM
=_SYM
20_CD
after_IN
going_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
desert_NN
,_,
christ_NP
learns_VBZ
his_PP$
true_JJ
purpose_NN
in_IN
life_NN
,_,
=_SYM
and_CC
what_WDT
he_PP
must_MD
do_DO
._.
aided_VBD
by_IN
judas_NP
(_(
keitel_NP
)_)
,_,
he_PP
sets_VBZ
off_RP
on_IN
teaching_NN
=_SYM
the_DT
world_NN
his_PP$
message_NN
._.
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
he_PP
meets_VBZ
john_NP
the_DT
baptist_JJ
,_,
the_DT
=_SYM
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
prophets_NNS
,_,
and_CC
tries_VBZ
to_TO
teach_VB
the_DT
world_NN
his_PP$
message_NN
._.
christ_NP
=_SYM
is_BEZ
also_RB
confronted_VBN
by_IN
internal_JJ
demons_NNS
and_CC
self-doubt_???
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
tries_VBZ
to_IN
=_SYM
find_VB
his_PP$
true_JJ
purpose_NN
throughout_IN
the_DT
entire_JJ
film_NN
._.
during_IN
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
=_SYM
judas_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
closese_JJ
ally_NN
of_IN
jesus_NP
:_:
his_PP$
betrayal_NN
,_,
argues_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
was_BEDZ
=_SYM
not_XNOT
out_RP
of_IN
hate_NN
,_,
but_CC
out_RP
of_IN
love_NN
,_,
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
allow_VB
christ_NP
to_IN
die_FW
._.
=_SYM
20_CD
he_PP
is_BEZ
eventually_RB
captured_VBN
,_,
and_CC
crucified_VBN
as_IN
per_IN
the_DT
bibile_JJ
._.
=_SYM
however_WRB
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
die_FW
on_IN
the_DT
cross_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
saved_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
girl_NN
,_,
who_WP
=_SYM
brings_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
his_PP$
marriage_NN
with_IN
mary_NP
magdelene_NN
._.
the_DT
girl_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
guardian_NN
=_SYM
angel_NN
who_NP
is_BEZ
from_IN
god_NN
,_,
and_CC
who_WP
has_HVZ
saved_VBN
him_PP
from_IN
his_PP$
death_NN
._.
jesus_NP
goes_VBZ
=_SYM
on_IN
to_TO
live_VB
a_DT
life_NN
as_IN
a_DT
man_NN
,_,
as_CS
a_DT
carpenter_NN
,_,
and_CC
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
die_VB
on_IN
the_DT
=_SYM
cross_NN
._.
on_IN
his_PP$
deathbed_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
moments_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
visited_VBN
=_SYM
by_IN
the_DT
prophets_NNS
,_,
and_CC
by_IN
judas_NP
,_,
who_WP
denounces_VBZ
his_PP$
master_NN
for_IN
"_"
not_XNOT
keeping_VBG
=_SYM
his_PP$
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
bargain_NN
._.
"_"
judas_NP
reveals_VBZ
the_DT
angel_NN
to_IN
truly_RB
be_BE
the_DT
devil_NN
,_,
=_SYM
and_CC
the_DT
life_NN
jesus_NP
had_HVD
lived_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
ultimate_JJ
selfish_JJ
act_NN
._.
jesus_NP
=_SYM
escapes_VBZ
from_IN
his_PP$
deathbed_NN
,_,
and_CC
asks_VBZ
his_PP$
father_NN
for_IN
forgiveness_NN
,_,
for_IN
=_SYM
succumbing_VBG
to_IN
his_PP$
last_OD
temptation_NN
._.
visually_RB
and_CC
aurally_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
absolutely_RB
breathtaking_JJ
._.
no_DT
other_JJ
=_SYM
director_NN
has_HVZ
even_RB
come_VBN
close_JJ
to_IN
realizing_VBG
jerusalem_NP
during_IN
the_DT
time_NN
of_IN
=_SYM
christ_NP
's_BEZ
life_NN
to_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
peter_NP
gabriel_NP
contributes_VBZ
a_DT
score_NN
than_CS
is_BEZ
=_SYM
simply_RB
astonishing_JJ
,_,
with_IN
pulsing_VBG
rhythms_NNS
that_CS
capture_VB
the_DT
viewer_NN
._.
the_DT
=_SYM
performances_NNS
are_BER
simply_RB
exquisite_JJ
,_,
with_IN
dafoe_???
leading_JJ
the_DT
way_NN
with_IN
a_DT
=_SYM
mesmerizing_NN
turn_NN
as_IN
jesus_NP
._.
keitel_NN
,_,
although_CS
his_PP$
accent_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
problem_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
=_SYM
passionately_RB
brilliant_JJ
,_,
fighting_NN
through_IN
language_NN
to_IN
bring_VB
the_DT
character_NN
=_SYM
to_IN
life_NN
._.
the_DT
visuals_NNS
are_BER
also_RB
amazing_JJ
._.
scorsese_JJ
frames_NNS
his_PP$
movie_NN
in_IN
a_DT
=_SYM
harsh_JJ
tone_NN
,_,
leaving_VBG
the_DT
impression_NN
that_CS
jesus_NP
truly_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
=_SYM
having_HVG
human_JJ
frailties_NNS
._.
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
though_CS
,_,
has_HVZ
many_DT
trouble_NN
spots_NNS
._.
paul_NP
schrader_NN
's_POS
script_NN
is_BEZ
=_SYM
one_CD
._.
schrader_NN
uses_NNS
modern-day_JJ
new_JJ
york_NP
english_JJ
to_IN
tell_VB
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
along_IN
=_SYM
with_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
words_NNS
,_,
new_JJ
york_NP
mannerisms_NNS
,_,
and_CC
new_JJ
york_NP
slang_NN
speech_NN
._.
=_SYM
the_DT
film_NN
also_RB
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
focus_VB
on_IN
the_DT
godly_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
christ_NP
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
=_SYM
no_DT
underlying_JJ
message_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
man_NN
's_POS
words_NNS
._.
the_DT
film_NN
fails_VBZ
to_IN
capture_NN
=_SYM
the_DT
glory_NN
and_CC
splendor_NN
of_IN
christ_NP
._.
had_HVD
it_PP
faithfully_RB
explored_VBN
that_CS
=_SYM
aspect_NN
,_,
than_CS
the_DT
dichotomy_NN
of_IN
jesus_NP
'_"
soul_NN
,_,
his_PP$
frailties_NNS
and_CC
doubt_NN
mixed_JJ
=_SYM
with_IN
his_PP$
unmistakable_JJ
glory_NN
,_,
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
simply_RB
spectacular_JJ
._.
the_DT
=_SYM
message_NN
of_IN
christ_NP
is_BEZ
confused_JJ
between_IN
love_NN
and_CC
violence_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
=_SYM
merely_RB
tells_VBZ
us_PP
jesus_NP
is_BEZ
great_JJ
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
showing_VBG
us_PP
his_PP$
greatness_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
overlong_JJ
._.
it_PP
just_RB
drags_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
,_,
with_IN
=_SYM
nothing_PN
truly_RB
happening_VBG
._.
christ_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
confused_JJ
figure_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
sense_NN
that_CS
=_SYM
the_DT
audience_NN
doesn't_DOZ
know_VB
who_NP
he_PP
really_RB
is_BEZ
._.
schrader_NN
forgets_VBZ
to_IN
give_VB
=_SYM
jesus_NP
a_NN
message_NN
,_,
to_IN
show_NN
that_CS
he_PP
truly_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
messiah_NN
,_,
to_IN
give_VB
him_PP
the_DT
=_SYM
divinity_NN
._.
without_IN
that_DT
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
rambling_NN
prophet_NN
,_,
who_WP
the_DT
audience_NN
=_SYM
themselves_PPX
do_DO
not_XNOT
believe_VB
._.
there_EX
are_BER
several_DT
moments_NNS
of_IN
accidental_JJ
=_SYM
hilarity_NN
,_,
and_CC
most_DT
of_IN
them_PP
occur_VB
when_CS
jesus_NP
is_BEZ
attempting_VBG
to_TO
preach_VB
._.
=_SYM
there_EX
are_BER
moments_NNS
of_IN
brief_JJ
awe_NN
and_CC
power_NN
,_,
followed_VBN
by_IN
moments_NNS
of_IN
=_SYM
confused_JJ
hilarity_NN
._.
that_CS
said_VBN
,_,
the_DT
controversial_JJ
temptation_NN
sequence_NN
is_BEZ
something_PN
to_IN
=_SYM
behold_VB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
step_NN
in_IN
an_DT
unexpected_JJ
direction_NN
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
leaves_NNS
the_DT
=_SYM
audience_NN
puzzled_JJ
,_,
until_CS
the_DT
arrival_NN
of_IN
the_DT
disciples_NNS
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
simply_RB
=_SYM
breathtaking_JJ
scene_NN
,_,
with_IN
jesus_NP
about_IN
to_IN
die_FW
as_CS
a_NN
mortal_JJ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
truly_RB
=_SYM
one_CD
of_IN
scorsese_JJ
's_POS
finest_JJS
moments_NNS
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
unfortunate_JJ
that_CS
scorsese_JJ
=_SYM
couldn't_MD
make_VB
a_DT
film_NN
about_IN
christ_NP
as_IN
powerful_JJ
as_CS
that_DT
one_CD
scene_NN
._.
=_SYM
20_CD
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