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Accatone (1961):
Pasolini's first film is a painfully realistic study of a pimp in Rome. Vittorio Accattone has never worked a day in his life, and has apparently made a good living prostituting his female companion, Maddalena. But her arrest begins his decline; hungry, he begs from churches and even visits his estranged wife and son. When Stella, a lovely and unbelievably innocent peasant worker, enters his life, Accattone tries to find a way, honest or not, to bring back good fortune...

RoGoPaG (Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean Luc Godard, Ugo Gregoretti, Roberto Rossellini,1963):
RoGoPag is an anthology of four short films by a quartet of world-renowned directors. Roberto Rosselini's Illibatezza (Virginity) chronicles a beautiful Italian stewardess's efforts to dissuade a desperate American suitor despite his near-psychotic persistence.

Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial La Ricotta (Curd Cheese) takes an irony-laden look at the bizarre goings-on during a film shoot that aims to re-create the Biblical story of Jesus (starring Orson Welles as an incredibly pretentious director).

Jean-Luc Godard's Il Nuevo Mondo (New World) equates the ending of a problematic love affair with a tragic nuclear holocaust.

And finally, Ugo Gregoretti's Il Pollo Ruspante (Range-Grown Chicken) takes a comedic - and tragic - look at the world of advertising, as a young family treks into the country to contemplate buying a plot of land. With these shorts, each director takes time to further explore the themes that permeate their feature-length works, focusing on issues of religion, jealousy, and corporate influence in the early 1960s.

Love Meetings (1965):
Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from, young and old women if they are men's equals, men and women if a woman's virginity matters, how they view homosexuals, how sex and honor connect, if divorce should be legal, and if they support closing the brothels (the Merlina Act). He periodically checks in with Alberto Moravia and Cesare Musatti. Bersani is intrusive and judgemental, prodding those who answer. The film's thesis: despite the booming post-war economy, Italians' attitudes toward sex are either rigidly Medieval (the poor and the South) or muddled and self-censoring (the bourgeoisie and the North).

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Region 2
Year 1961 ; 1963 ; 1965
Screen Fullscreen 4:3
Languages Italian
Subtitles English
Duration 5 hours 17 minutes (approx)
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Hawks And Sparrows (1966): The Hawks and the Sparrows, a wildly comic fable, stars the beloved stone-faced clown Toto as an Italian everyman, the Ninetto Davoli as his good-natured but empty-headed son. Pasolini uses a comic crow, which philosophizes, amusingly and pointedly, about the passing scene, as a counterpoint to the performers, representing humanity, as they progress down the road of life. Pasolini presents a tragic fable which shows two delightful innocents caught, like many Italians, between the Church and Marxism. Oedipus Rex (1967): A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. Unknown to himself, Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother. When the truth is discovered, he puts out his eyes and Oedipus wanders the streets until he is found by his daughter, Antigone, a common blind beggar. Set in Morocco, the film is a visual wonder of desert landscapes and powerful Moorish architecture. The interesting cast include avant garde film and theater director Carmelo Bene, Julian Beck from New York''s Living theater, and Pasolini himself as the High Priest. This remastered version is a must for any serious video collector. Pigsty (1969): Porcile, (Pigsty) the story of a cannibal in a medieval wasteland is interwoven with that of the son of an ex-Nazi industrialist in modern day Germany. The young German, who is more attracted to pigs than his fiancée, and the cannibal become sacrificial victims of their different societies. This strange, grotesque and thought provoking parable is filmed with such a calm beauty and underlying disgust that it gains a deep significance as an attack on the middle classes of the 20th century.
ooh Pasolini!
andywedge, I salute you.

Pier Paolo Pasolini was possibly one of the most individual directors...just wish these had Mamma Roma, Decameron or Salo.
I saw Medea not so long ago, with Maria Callas in the title role - freaky stuff...

I also have a Spaghetti Western with Pasolini as, yes, the socialist ideological political prisoner!

Didn't he die in an unusual way... assassinated or something?

Whole website is down just now (for me at least.)
Whole website is down just now (for me at least.)

Yup. Has been for a few hours.:x
Yup. Has been for a few hours.:x

And back up again:thumbsup:

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