You may not know his name, but Ninetto Davoli’s open, expressive face will be recognizable to anyone who’s watched the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini. After the iconic Italian artist spotted him in a crowd, watching the filming of his short La ricotta, he offered him a small part in his next film, The Gospel According to St. Matthew. A working and personal relationship was thus born, and Davoli would appear in eight more of Pasolini’s films, including those in Trilogy of Life. Davoli was recently on hand in San Francisco, accompanying a traveling retrospective of Pasolini's films at the Pacific Film Archive, and sat down for a Fandor interview with Michael Guillén that we found too good not to share. Among other topics, Davoli talks about working and traveling with Pasolini, the natural qualities the director looked for in his actors, and the difficulties of making The Canterbury Tales in English.