Great Moments in Cinema, VI

PILATE
[matter of factly] So, you are the King of the Jews?

JESUS
“King” is your word.

PILATE
Well, you are Jesus of Nazareth, aren’t you?

JESUS
Yes I am.

PILATE
That’s what they’re saying you are. The King, the Messiah. It’s also said that you do miracles. Is this good magic or bad magic? Could we have some kind of a demonstration? I mean, can you do a trick for me, now?

JESUS
No, I’m not a trained animal. I’m not a magician.

PILATE
That’s disappointing. This means that you’re just another Jewish politician. Do you want to know something? You’re more dangerous than the Zealots. Do you know that? [pause] Say something. You had better say something. All right. Tell me what you tell people on the streets.

JESUS
Yes?

PILATE
Yes.

JESUS
The prophet Daniel had a vision: A tall statue that had a gold head and silver shoulders. The stomach was bronze, the legs were iron, the feet were clay. A stone was thrown. The clay feet broke and the statue collapsed. You see, God threw the stone. The stone is me. And Rome…

PILATE
And Rome is the statue, yes. So your kingdom, or your world, will replace Rome. Where is it?

JESUS
My kingdom? It’s not here. Not on earth.

PILATE
It wouldn’t be, would it? You know, it’s one thing to want to change the way that people live, but you want to change how they think, how they feel.

JESUS
All I’m saying is that change will happen with love, not with killing.

PILATE
[shrugs] Either way, it’s dangerous. It’s against Rome. It’s against the way the world is. And killing or loving, it’s all the same. It simply doesn’t matter how you want to change things. We don’t want them changed. You do understand what has to happen? We have a space for you up on Golgotha. Three thousand skulls there by now, probably more. I do wish you people would go out and count them some time. Maybe you’d learn a lesson. [wearily] No, probably not.

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2 comments on “Great Moments in Cinema, VI

  1. RV says:

    And, of course, the corresponding great moment in Cheech and Chong lore:

    Jesus: They say I am the Prince of Peace.
    Mexican Border Guard: Ah, Senior, peace we cannot let you in this country! Go back to San Diego!

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I did see Last Temptation, very good.

  2. Pliny the Elder says:

    Strangely, I did not enjoy the movie much, but liked the book. Maybe I will see the movie again. One’s views can change.

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