Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger) (1961)
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Accattone , Pier Paolo Pasolini's first feature, is also his first semidocumentary study of "the little homelands": the small, often squalid cultural pockets in the remotest provinces of Italy. Using nonprofessional actors for his leading characters, Pasolini concentrates on Franco Citti, a rural pimp who falls in love with virtuous Franca Pasut. Having previously led an aimless existence, Citti takes a job-and, it is implied, a bath--in hopes of impressing his new girl. It isn't long, however,
Aug 31, 1961 Wide
Apr 5, 2005
Water Bearer Films Inc.
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This is a fascinating debut by writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who has scripted some interesting pix.
The character of Accattone himself, self-destructive and conscious of his situation within a class from which he cannot escape, embodies many of the contradictions in Pasolini's lifetime of coming to terms with Marxism and Catholicism.
The brutality and frigid despair of this 1962 film have had a lasting impact on political filmmaking.
Pasolini's first feature is a classic neorealist study of the Roman underworld of poverty and petty thievery.
Pasolini made a strong feature debut with this gritty portrait of a new type of an Italian anti-hero, departing from the post WWII Italian ne-realism.
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