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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Highest Rated:   100% Mamma Roma (1962)
Lowest Rated:   57% Porcile (1969)
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Birthplace:   Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Pier Paolo Pasolini was among the most controversial and provocative filmmakers ever to impact the international cinema community. Emerging during the 1960s, Pasolini broke from his New Wave-inspired peers, drawing influence for his work not from other cinematic sources but from art, literature, folklore, and music. He was also among the few directors of his era to focus less on the process of filmmaking than on his subject matter, bringing to the screen the gritty desperation of life on the fringes. Pasolini was born in Bologna, Italy, on March 5, 1922. The son of an army officer, he grew up at various points throughout the country, and began writing poetry at the age of seven. While studying art at the University of Bologna, he published his first book of poetry, Poesie a Casarsa, in 1942. A year later, he was drafted to serve in the armed forces during the waning months of World War II, and after Italy's surrender his regiment was captured by the Germans. Pasolini soon escaped and fled to the small town of Casarsa, where he remained for several years. He joined the communist party in 1946 but was expelled three years later in the wake of an arrest for "moral indignity." Regardless, he remained under the sway of Marxist doctrine, finding particular inspiration in the writings of Antonio Gramsci and his belief in the revolutionary power of the Italian peasantry. In the late '40s, Pasolini resumed his university studies, and in 1950 he relocated to Rome, living in the city's slums while working as a teacher. A homosexual, he fell in with the local underworld of prostitutes, hustlers, pimps, and thieves. Pasolini himself was often arrested in their company -- he once attempted to rob a filling station and later helped a wanted criminal flee the police -- and in 1955 these experiences converged in his first novel, the scandalous Ragazzi di vita. The book's publication prompted the Italian courts to prosecute Pasolini on obscenity charges, the first of many such run-ins with the authorities. Regardless, Roman criminal culture remained at the forefront of his later work, and his second book, 1959's Una Vita Violenta, also detailed the life of a slum child. At much the same time, Pasolini was also earning notice as a poet, and his 1957 collection Le Ceneri di Gramsci earned the Viareggio Prize. From 1955 to 1958, he also edited the avant-garde magazine Officina, which was later forced to cease publication following a Pasolini poem attacking Pope Pius XII on his deathbed.Pasolini's involvement in the cinema began rather quietly, with the 1954 screenplay for Mario Soldati's La Donna del Fiume. Over the next several years, he also collaborated on scenarios for projects by Federico Fellini, Mauro Bolognini, and Luis Trenker, but in light of his other, more scandalous work his film material earned little notoriety. By the early '60s, however, the cinema became Pasolini's central focus. After scrapping the completed screenplay for a project titled La Commare Secca (which he then passed along to Bernardo Bertolucci), he wrote another script, Accatone, which he directed in the slums with a non-professional cast in 1961. As with his literary debut, his film debut became the subject of much controversy, with moralists holding up the picture as proof of the need for stricter censorship guidelines. Abroad, the feature garnered honors at the Montreal and Karlovy Vary film festivals, and with his sophomore feature, 1962's Mamma Roma, he won both the International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival in addition to Italy's Silver Ribbon. Pasolini next joined forced with Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, and Ugo Gregoretti for the 1962 anthology RoGoPaG. His segment, "La ricotta," starred Orson Welles as a filmmaker directing a movie on the life of Christ. While intended as an attack against the vulgarization of spirituality, the piece was prosecuted for "publicly maligning the religion of the state" and banned, with Pasolini receiving a

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 12 Dicembre
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet La ragazza in vetrina (Woman in the Window)
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet La Rabbia di Pasolini
  • Narrator
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Pasolini prossimo nostro (Pasolini next to us)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Ashes Of Pasolini (Le Ceneri DI Pasolini)
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Bellissimo - A History of the Italian Cinema
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Notes Towards an African Orestes (Appunti per un'Orestiade africana)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood)
  • Actor
1981
72% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom)
  • Director
1979
80% Arabian Nights
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1974
63% The Canterbury Tales
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Le mura di Sana
  • Director
1971
83% Il Decameron (The Decameron)
  • Screenwriter
  • Allievo di Giotto
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Love and Anger
  • Director
1969
57% Porcile
  • Director
1969
70% Medea
  • Director
1969
89% Teorema (Theorem)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Capriccio all'italiana
  • Director
1968
86% Edipo re (Oedipus Rex)
  • Screenwriter
  • High Priest
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Requiescant (Kill and Pray)
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet Comizi d'amore (Love Meetings)
  • Director
1965
82% The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Sopralluoghi in Palestina per il vangelo secondo Matteo
  • Director
  • Actor
1965
94% Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1964
No Score Yet La Rabbia
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet RoGoPaG
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet The Anger
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet La notte brava (The Big Night)
  • Screenwriter
1962
86% The Grim Reaper
  • Screenwriter
1962
100% Mamma Roma
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1962
No Score Yet La Ricotta
  • Director
1962
100% Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
No Score Yet Il Gobbo
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Bell' Antonio
  • Screenwriter
1960
97% La Dolce Vita
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet La Lunga notte del '43 (It Happened in '43)
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet Giovani Mariti
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet Woman of the River
  • Screenwriter
1955
No Score Yet La notte quando è morto Pasolini
  • Actor

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