Stories contain gaps that that readers and listeners must fill in with their imagination. Film by its very nature fills in some of the gaps in narrative as it presents a visual and aural experience for its viewers. In doing so, however, film can also impose particular interpretations of a biblical story even while creating an appearance of verisimilitude. In this essay, different understandings of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness are explored through some cinematic portrayals of this biblical narrative.
Howell, David B.
"Screening the Temptation: Interpretation and Indeterminacy in Cinematic Transformations of a Gospel Story,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 11
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol11/iss2/3