Pasolini (2014)



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Abel Ferrara documents the final day in the life of Italian writer, director, and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini in this deeply reflective biopic starring Willem Dafoe. The year is 1975. The fiercely political Pasolini (Dafoe) is in the process of defending his latest film Salo, 120 Days of Sodom from the censors when he returns home to his mother's house in Rome, and prepares to discuss his career in a candid interview. In the midst of all of this inspiration strikes, and Pasolini begins making preparations for his next film. Meanwhile, the director takes a handsome young hustler to a local beach for a late night tryst, never sensing the danger that dwells out there in the darkness until it's already too late. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Pasolini

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

A flawed film of unvarnished integrity.

Sep 11, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The result borders on incoherence, providing few startling insights for aficionados and minimal illumination for the uninitiated.

Sep 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Presumably, to understand Pasolini is to excavate him from the twisted miasma Ferrara has created in his image.

Sep 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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"Narrative art, as you all know, is dead," we hear Pasolini proclaim at one stage, and Ferrara has certainly taken that adage to heart, leaving his film to grow on the viewer incrementally.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pasolini may not be the film we were promised, but it turns out to be something better: a thought-provoking - if not quite masterful - cinematic portrait of an artist whose visionary oeuvre remains poorly understood.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Abel Ferrara's reverent portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini's last day alive serves as both a fan's impassioned eulogy and a speculative glimpse at what might have transpired.

Jun 6, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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