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Pier Paolo Pasolini — Italian poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, critic, editor, short story writer, screenplay writer, film director, and actor.
For further information on his life and career, see CLC, Volumes 20 and Although recognized outside his country primarily as a filmmaker, Pasolini was well known in Italy for the strong and controversial views on Marxism and religion he presented in his poetry, novels, and essays.
Over the course of his career, his observations on Catholicism, communism, and the existing social order alternately pleased and angered conservatives and leftists alike.
His father was a career army officer, a fact which forced political awareness upon the boy at an early age.
His childhood and early adult experiences in the poverty-stricken village of Casarsa, located in the province of Friuli, inspired his lifelong identification with the poor.
Pasolini was called to military duty in September but escaped after just a week and returned to Casarsa, where he was strongly influenced by the ideas of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci, the leading theoretician of Italian communism.
Pasolini took a teaching position in a public school while engaging in frenetic intellectual and artistic pursuits, writing and publishing poetry in the Friulian dialect; these activities became his forms of resistance against Nazism and Fascism.
InPasolini was arrested and accused of "the corruption of minors and committing obscene acts in a public place. Pasolini was murdered the night of November; his death is considered an ironic end to a life spent absorbed in and concerned with the violent nature of contemporary society.
Reports of his death often conflict, but most sources agree that the young man convicted of the crime struck Pasolini with a board and then ran over him with his own car.
Pasolini rejected the official Italian language, believing it had been created by and for the bourgeoisie. These early poems appear in his first booklet of verse, Poesie a Casarsaand in an expanded and revised version, La meglio gioventu These works center on his renunciation of Catholicism and his endorsement of Marxism.
Here again, Pasolini rejected formal, official language in favor of dialect, in this case "a harsh, often crude and obscene, minimized Roman street vocabulary," Consoli explains. The Ragazzi centers on a group of youths whose poverty has led them to a life of violence, crime, and indiscriminate sex.
Rejecting the official language of the bourgeoisie, Pasolini liberally utilizes Roman dialect and slang. Though free of authorial intrusion, the work is considered an indirect attack on the Italian establishment; its depiction of Italian young people was particularly shocking.
A Violent Life is the second book of his unfinished trilogy on street life.
Similar in theme and milieu to The Ragazzi, A Violent Life was praised abroad for its realism and the characterization of its protagonist. After his death, two previously unpublished autobiographical novels, Amado mio and Atti impuri, were published under the title Amado mio in During the last fifteen years of his life, Pasolini made films in which he sought to combine his socialist sensibilities with a profound, nondenominational spirituality.
His films were often anti-Catholic in their implications and controversial for their explicit sexual subject matter. Pasolini films traverse a constantly changing range of styles and contents, and his handling of the medium was at times coarse and graphic.From peplums to giallos, from low budget British comedies to Eurospy films, from Spaghetti Westerns to.
Mar 23, · Pier Paolo Pasolini Pasolini, Pier Paolo (Vol. ) - Essay. [Oedipus Rex; edited by Gambetti Teorema (novel and film adaptation) Medea (screenplay) Poesie (poetry) Landscapes of Pasolini (Oedipus Rex, Theorem, Pigsty).
While trailing through the film work of Pier Paolo Pasolini, it becomes clear that the director has an eye for capturing specific moments that manage to visually remain with the viewer. Dec 07, · It's within this curious, very personal frame that Pier Paolo Pasolini sets his free, sometimes inscrutable but always handsome adaptation of Sophocles's ''Oedipus the King'' and ''Oedipus at.
In Pier Paolo Pasolini directed Edipo Re, a modern interpretation of the play. Toshio Matsumoto's film, Funeral Parade of Roses, is a loose adaptation of the play and an important work of the Japanese New Wave.
In Colombia, Oedipus Rex - Annotated text and analysis; Full text English translation of Oedipus the King by Ian Johnston. "Oedipus Rex by Pier Paolo Pasolini The Palimpsest: Rewriting and the Creation of Pasolini's Cinematic Language." Literature Film Quarterly ().
Fabbro, Elena (ed.).Died: 2 November (aged 53), Ostia, Rome, Italy.