Between Chester and Capetown
Transformations of the Gospel in Son of Man by Mark Dornford-May

By Reinhold Zwick


1. Zanker, Anika. “Son of Man” – Jesus mit afrikanischen Augen. Unpublished MA-Thesis, University of Münster, Catholic Theology Faculty 2010. – I am deeply indebted to this very elaborated study, esp. regarding the structure of the movie and its connections to the Anti-Apartheid-Movement.

2. The following information, among others in this article, Dornford-May gave during his visit in Münster (Germany), where he participated in the symposium “Religion and Violence in Bible Movies”, which I organised from January 21th -23rd, 2010.

3. Cf. the textbook of the Chester Mystery Plays 2008 (excerpts in the appendix of Zanker, “Son of Man”, p. 9-27 of the appendix). For more informations on the Chester Mystery Plays. The bibliographic references on:

4. Cf. Biko, Steve. “I Write What I Like”, London: Bowerdean Press. 1978.

5. Cf.: Der Galiläer (Dimitri Buchowetzki, Germany 1921), I.N.R.I. (Robert Wiene, Germany 1923) and The King of Kings (Cecil B. DeMille, USA 1927).

6. Pasolini, Pier Paolo. Barbarische Erinnerungen. La Divina Mimesis, Berlin: Wagenbach. 1983, p. 98f.

7. Cf. Ricœur, Paul. Die Interpretation. Ein Versuch über Freud. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp. 1969, p. 506f.

8. Cf. Zwick, Reinhold. Evangelienrezeption im Jesusfilm. Ein Beitrag zur intermedialen Wirkungsgeschichte des Neuen Testaments. Würzburg: Echter. 1997, p. 316-18 and 334-39.

9. For a more detailed discussion see: Zwick, Reinhold. Pasolinis Kinder: Zwischen Evangelium und Dritter Welt”, in: Orth, Stefan/Staiger, Michael/Valentin, Joachim (ed.). Kinder im Film (Film und Theologie, Vol. 6). Marburg: Schüren. 2004, p. 56-83.

10. Pasolini, Pier Paolo. Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo – Una Carica Di Vitalità, in: Gambetti, Giacomo (ed.), Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo. Un film di Pier Paolo Pasolini. Milano: Garzanti. 1964, p. 13-15 (first in: “Il Giorno”, 6. March 1963).

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