|Pier Paolo Pasolini|
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“Indisputably the most remarkable figure to have emerged in Italian arts and letters since the Second World War” Susan Sontag.
Pier Paolo Pasolini would have turned 100 in 2022. But he was cruelly, violently, taken away almost half a century ago at the age of 53. Another gay man bashed to death.
…and for those of us condemned to see Italy as outsiders and further condemned to read and speak only English it is almost impossible to comprehend Pasolini’s extraordinary outpouring of poetry, fiction, essays (including on the theory of cinema), scriptwriting, theatre, journalism and political engagement that constituted his life in total.
We are left almost entirely with his film work. Some early scripts for Federico Fellini, Mauro Bolognini, Bernardo Bertolucci and others were followed by Pasolini’s own – twelve features, five short films and eight documentaries.
The selection for this tribute to the man covers the films from his first controversial depiction of Roman low life to his final ultra-controversial portrait of Italian fascist decadence, a nine film cross section.
Many things stand out…
Pasolini’s career as a director took place during what may well be the finest decade and a half of Italian cinema – the era of the greatest films by Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Bellocchio, Visconti, Leone, Ferreri, Rosi and the Taviani Brothers to name a handful. Pasolini was a key figure. They were served by some great producers of the day – Goffredo Lombardo, Alfredo Bini, Alberto Grimaldi. The Italian cinema was a frenetic hotbed of wild activity and total inspiration.
Pasolini was completely unafraid of confronting the most powerful institutions of the day, both left and right. He argued with, debated with and often took very contrary views with the Communist Party, the Catholic Church, the Christian Democrats, the student protests of 1968, modern consumerism and above all the Italian bourgeoisie.
Pasolini’s films lead us into his life and his work. This season focuses on just some skeleton keys to his early years, his sexual life, the scandals, the friendships with the famous… and the personal catastrophes.
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