• Pier Paolo Pasolini is without question one of the most controversial filmmakers who ever lived. He is also among the most fascinating. He brought rigorous social and artistic philosophies to every project he embarked on, and boldly voiced beliefs that provoked consternation in others. In the 2005 documentary Via Pasolini, available as a supplement in our Trilogy of Life set, we get to hear Pasolini directly; the film comprises clips from interviews done over many years. The following segment, taken from a 1971 television show, features the filmmaker answering a series of questions about faith, love, and hate, and in the process touching on his religion, his Marxism, the grace of the poor and illiterate, and the corrupting influence of conventional culture.

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  • By James M. Martin
    November 27, 2012
    06:58 PM

    Pasolini, bastard angel of post-Neo Realist Italian rococo cinema of the 60s and 70s, a creator of masques and movie masques from such disparate sources as Chaucer and Boccaccio, announces to the world in each poem and interview (as here) "I am a Socialist with a nostalgia for religion." The circumstances surrounding his murder, like JFK's, have never been reasonably explained, but it deprived cinema of a genius. Pier Paolo needed no a reason to make the most accessible Jesus biopic in the history of cinema. Although an intellectual, Pasolini filmed with his heart as often as his intellect. I am willing to wager that no one before or since did any finer film than the work he did with Magnani in "Mama Roma." Call it "Nights of Cabiria" without tears.
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