OEDIPUS REX
1967, Compass Films, 104 min, Italy/Morocco, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

The first of four films that make up Pasolini’s “Mythical Cycle,” OEDIPUS REX adapts Sophocles’ Greek tragedy in startlingly literal terms. In prewar Italy, the infant Edipo is abandoned in the desert by his jealous father, at which point the film transitions to Pasolini’s breathtaking ancient Greece. Raised by adopted parents who happen to be the king and queen of Corinth, the young orphan soon leaves his comfortable refuge, attempting to outrun a prophesy that foretells that he will one day kill his father in order to marry his mother. Featuring impressive set and costume design as well as unforgettable sword fights, OEDIPUS REX is a stunning adaptation of Greek mythology.


TEOREMA
1968, MondoTV, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

A startling allegory and impenetrable mystery, TEOREMA follows the strange sexual exploits of a family that falls prey to the allure of a sudden intruder. Terence Stamp delivers an eerie performance as the mysterious guest, known only as “the Visitor,” who completely enamors family members Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky and Andrés José Cruz Soublette. The second installment of Pasolini’s “Mythical Cycle” and the first time he worked primarily with professional actors, the film is a haunting critique of bourgeois society.


PIGSTY
PORCILE
1969, MovieTime, 98 min, Italy/France, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

A bitter attack on fascism and oppressive social conventions in general, this final addition to Pasolini’s “Mythical Cycle” interweaves two surreal satires. In the first, a young man (Pierre Clémenti) wanders a beautiful volcanic landscape, gradually developing an insatiable appetite for human flesh. In the second, the bored son of a German industrialist (French star Jean-Pierre Léaud) ignores his family and fiancée (Anne Wiazemsky), preferring to spend his endless free time among pigs in the sty.


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