Movie locations

Its lunar landscape has always attracted many directors and writers from all over the world. The karstic chains, the barren rocks, the tuff caves have always lent themselves to productions of a biblical character. Matera has often been transformed into the place where Jesus Christ passed his life. The first attempt in this direction was by Pier Paolo Pasolini who, through rocks and ravines, filmed “The Gospel according to Matthew” in 1964. Another example is that of Bruce Beresford with the movie, “King David” in 1985 and, last but not least, the  resounding success in 2004 with Mel Gibson‘s “The Passion of Christ”. From Neorealism to modernity, these places are always the same, and can still be visited starting from Porta Pistola, all the way to the scenarios of the Murgia and the Gravina.