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Pier Paolo Pasolini Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 March 1922Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Date of Death 2 November 1975Ostia, Rome, Lazio, Italy  (homicide)
Height 5' 5¾" (1.67 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation. He was arrested in 1962 when his contribution to the portmanteau film Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963) was considered blasphemous and given a suspended sentence. It might have been expected that his next film, The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) (The Gospel According to St. Matthew), which presented the Biblical story in a totally realistic, stripped-down style, would cause a similar fuss but, in fact, it was rapturously acclaimed as one of the few honest portrayals of Christ on screen. Its original Italian title pointedly omitted the Saint in St. Matthew). Pasolini's film career would then alternate distinctly personal and often scandalously erotic adaptations of classic literary texts: Oedipus Rex (1967) (Oedipus Rex); The Decameron (1971); The Canterbury Tales (1972) (The Canterbury Tales); Arabian Nights (1974) (Arabian Nights), with his own more personal projects, expressing his controversial views on Marxism, atheism, fascism and homosexuality, notably Teorema (1968) (Theorem), Pigsty and the notorious Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), a relentlessly grim fusion of Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italy with the 'Marquis de Sade' which was banned in Italy and many other countries for several years. Pasolini was murdered in still-mysterious circumstances shortly after completing the film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Trade Mark (7)

Natural lighting
Non-professional actors
Marxist representation
Frequently casts Franco Citti and Ninetto Davoli
Short takes
Uses classical music in his films
Credits and titlecards with black letters over a white background

Trivia (18)

Pasolini was also a poet, a painter and a novelist. He wrote about Semiotics in a paper called 'Il cinema di poesia' (1965). In it he says that cinema is "a non-conventional and non-symbolic language", that expresses reality through reality itself.
Pasolini began writing poetry at the age of 7. From the age of ten, he wrote poetry in the old language of "Friulan", which was spoken by peasants and his mother, Susanna Pasolini.
His book of poetry was first published in 1942 titled "Poesie a Casarsa".
He caused national controversy with his first novel about slum life called "Ragazzi di vita" (1955). Another examination of the same themes was "Una vita violenta" (1959), translated as "A Violent Life".
Pasolini's artistic work was put on hold in August 1943 when he was conscripted into the Italian army, at that time allied with the Germans. A few days after Italy's capitulation, Pasolini's regiment were captured by two Germans in a tank.
Retrospective at the São Paulo International Film Festival.
Retrospective at the Kerala International Film Festival, India.
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1966.
Buried at the cemetery of Casarsa.
Son of a soldier who became famous for saving Benito Mussolini's life. Ironically, Pasolini was a strong anti-fascist.
One of the favorite filmmakers of the genius Sergei Parajanov.
Was an atheist and communist.
Owned an old castle in Viterbo, north of Rome.
Traveling around the world, he went to India in 1961 and 1968, to Sudan and Kenya in 1962, to Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Jordan and Palestine in 1963 and to Africa in 1970 again.
Born to Carlo Alberto Pasolini, a lieutenant of the Italian army, and his wife Susanna Colussi, an elementary school teacher, he had a younger brother, Guidalberto.
Member of the Italian Communist Party from 1947 to 1949. He was expelled because of his homosexuality.
Made his directing debut in Accattone (1961).

Personal Quotes (2)

The mark which has dominated all my work is the longing for life, this sense of exclusion, which doesn't lessen, but augments this love of life.
[on atheism] If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief. (1966)

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