This was one that had a lot of the evangelicals and Catholics gripping rosary beads and presumably stabbing at voodoo dolls. Martin Scorsese had long harboured an ambition to film the book by Nikos Kazantzakis and finally got the opportunity, hiring Paul Schrader, a Dutch Calvinist by upbringing, to adapt. What a spectacle of humanity it is – with some of the era’s greatest acting talents. And David Bowie as Pontius Pilate rounds out the incredible cast which includes director Irvin Kershner and musician John Lurie. The score is notable, by Peter Gabriel.