Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, May 16, 2019 - Mon, May 20, 2019
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THE PASSION OF PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Co-presented by Luce Cinecittà

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 co-wrote Fellini’s NIGHTS OF CABIRIA), and Pasolini took the director’s seat for ACCATTONE in 1961. While his early work resembles neorealism in its use of nonprofessional actors and concern for the lower class, Pasolini’s focus on thieves and prostitutes (MAMMA ROMA) was cause for scandal.

Pasolini was never afraid to ruffle feathers. Throughout the late 1960s, he directed OEDIPUS REX, TEOREMA, MEDEA and PORCILE, which make up his “Mythical Cycle” and deliver caustic attacks on bourgeois society. Further, 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 Pasolini’s 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.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Chris LeMaire. Program notes by Chris LeMaire.

Aero TheatreThu, May 16, 2019 - Mon, May 20, 2019
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