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message 1: by brian (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:54PM) (new)


goddamn, i love pasolini.

poet filmmaker homosexual communist troublemaker... does it get better?

possible topic for film/lit book of the month -- salo... pasolini/marquis de sade.

message 2: by Robert (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:54PM) (new)

Robert | 111 comments Well I can't say that I completely share Brian's enthusiasm. But I admit that his version of the Gospel of Matthew or the "Trilogy of Life" (The decameron, the Canterbury tales and the Arabian Nights) would make for some lively discussion.

message 3: by Tosh (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM) (new)

Tosh | 68 comments I am for Pasolini, but to be fair to the masses - Salo is not only hard going (as well as Sade, who I find interesting) but really hard to find on DVD. I have seen some DVD editions and they're very expensive.

A lot of the early Pasolini films are out on DVD, but as far as I know "The Trilogy of Life" are not in print. I like Pasolini's early novels and stories. I am not sure of him as a poet. But for sure a fascinating guy. He reminds me of Yukio Mishima, not in the work, but the way he is represented in his native country. I imagine he's hated and admired at the same time.

message 4: by Robert (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM) (new)

Robert | 111 comments Tosh is right about Salo, - I think it was the first Pasolini film I saw, and it put me off his work for years.

If you're in the New York area:

message 5: by Kimley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM) (new)

Kimley | 201 comments Mod
Thanks guys for the Pasolini info. Ya know, I only know a little bit about him and I can't recall having seen any of his films... Seeing as they are playing a mere 10 minute walk from my apartment, I guess I should check out at least a few. Any recommendations as to what I should make a point to see? Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they are doing a full retrospective.

message 6: by Robert (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM) (new)

Robert | 111 comments "La Ricotta" (his segment from "RoGoPaG") is worth a look and "La Rabbia" sounds interesting. "Salo" is obviously not for everyone. I'm partial to "St. Matthew", but as an introduction to his work (since the series highlights his earliest films) almost any of the programs will do. I also recommend Enzo Siciliano's biography (probably long out of print...) and the very disturbing documentary "Whoever tells the truth shall die".

message 7: by Tosh (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM) (new)

Tosh | 68 comments I loved "Teorema" starring the incredible Terence Stamp! I also have the novel, but haven't read it. Both by Pasolini!

"Salo" is a very interesting piece of work - and for sure worth seeing. But it is also excessive, like Sade. It's not really sexy in a porn type of thing - more thoughtful.

If I was in New York, I would for sure go to the films as well as the lectures - he's a fascinating guy. I am not sure if I am a 'fan' but nevertheless an important figure in Italian 20th Century culture - without a doubt!

Also Kimley you speak Italian, so you will probably get more out of it than us poor "English" speaking dudes.

message 8: by Tosh (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM) (new)

Tosh | 68 comments Patti Smith is going to be on the panel discussion as well on Pasolini! That's November 29. Pasolini n' roll!

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