A Venice judge paved the way for a screening of "The Last Temptation of Christ" Saturday when she ruled the controversial film by Martin Scorsese does not commit religious slander.

If confirmed by a Venice magistrate in charge of the investigation into the slander charge, the film will be screened Wednesday as the highlight of the Venice Film Festival, festival sources said.Venice judges have been investigating the slander charge lodged by a Milan lawyer for several weeks. They have had private showings of the movie and scrutinized the text.