Pier Paolo Pasolini
Occupation: Film director, writer, poet, philosopher, linguist,
novelist, columnist, artist
Pasolini is not known only as a film maker. A prominent poet, writer and
thinker who made his first feature film at the age of 40, he had previously written or
co-written dialogue for several films, among them Fellinis Cabirian Nights
and Bertoluccis La Commare Secca.
His directorial debut is the beautifully shot and simply directed Accattone
that tells the story of a young man trying to make some kind of living among the low-lifes
of Rome. Based on Pasolinis own novel, the film is characterised by mesmerising
black and white photography and beautiful images inspired by various Renaissance
paintings. With this work and subsequent works he immediately attracted the attention of
the Church and the State. His third project La Ricotta, a medium-length film
about a film-crew filming Christs Crucifixion was banned, and Pasolini
was tried because of it.
His outspokenness and unconventional beliefs were always guaranteed to cause a reaction of
some kind. However, he persisted in his own strong and recognisable style and some real
masterpieces of cinematography followed: The Passion According to St Matthew,
filmed in the beautiful landscapes of the Middle East, Uccellacci e Uccellini,
a comedy with Toto set in 60s Italy, when Marxism and the Church were binary
opposites, and his films based on Greek mythology Oedipus Rex and
Towards the end of his fruitful career in cinema, he completed his unofficial trilogy
based on the Arabian Nights, The Decameron of Boccaccio and the Canterbury Tales by
Chaucer. His last film before being brutally murdered in mysterious circumstances a
crime which remains unsolved to this day - was based on de Sades Salo
and he portrays the brutality and masochism of the upper classes and the aristocracy.
Dismissed by many as a completely awful and unwatchable film, it is nevertheless worth
Thanks to Filmworld UK for the above information.
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