Pasolini Roma


Pasolini was the type of personality one cannot classify, he was both a poet, a movie director, an essay writer. He was communist but wrote in the Corriere della Sera, the daily newspaper of the Italian bourgeoisie. He spoke in favor of sexual freedom but defended the police force against the long haired in 1968. He was a homosexual but had passionate friendships with Laura Betti and Maria Callas. In order to approach a creator with as many contradictions, it was a good idea to have a key to understand him. That is precisely what was done here, where the commun denominator of all these facets is the city of Rome. He settled there with his mother in 1950, at the age of 28, as he fled the Friuil region and its stifling atmosphere. He developed his whole career there, from the publication of Ragazzi di vita in 1960 up to Salò, shot on the eve of his death, in November 1975. The book, which accompanies a long exhibition (at the Cinémathèque de Paris until 26 January 2014 then at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin), combines photographs, poem excerpts, articles and scripts, interviews by those who knew him and worked with him, from Bernardo Bertolucci to Ennio Morricone.

Pasolini Roma, Skira Flammarion/La Cinémathèque française, 2013, 264 p. €35.50 (in French).

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Review published in the newsletter #327 - from 19 December 2013 to 8 January 2014

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