Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
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Fri, Sep 6, 2013 - Sun, Sep 8, 2013
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PURE AND IMPURE: THE FILMS OF PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Co-produced by UCLA Film & Television Archive, Luce Cinecittà, Rome and Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna. Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy. Special thanks to the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles.

September 6 – 8, 2013

A poet, cultural commentator and iconoclastic filmmaker, Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) railed against repression in Italian society with a passionate voice forged in the Fascist era and the upheaval of WWII. His literary reputation paved his way into the film industry (he cowrote Fellini’s NIGHTS OF CABIRIA), and Pasolini took the director’s seat for ACCATTONE in 1961. While his early work resembles neo-realism in its use of non-professional actors and concern for the lower class, his focus on thieves and prostitutes (MAMMA ROMA) was cause for scandal.

Pasolini was never afraid to ruffle feathers. His “Trilogy of Life” (THE DECAMERON, THE CANTERBURY TALES and ARABIAN NIGHTS) revels in sexuality, and his final film, SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM was widely banned for its sadism. Even the reverential THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW drew protests - from his friends on the far left. Ultimately, it is this willingness to challenge dominant social mores and thinking that gives the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini their enduring life.

The Pasolini retrospective is currently touring the country and is part of the celebration of the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. All prints are 35mm in Italian with English subtitles realized by Luce Cinecittà.

Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero, Luce Cinecittà; with Roberto Chiesi, Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreFri, Sep 6, 2013 - Sun, Sep 8, 2013
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