Pasolini Reviews

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May 30, 2019
It may be only one man's version of what many have speculated about... but in its clear-eyed grittiness, it's also a tribute from a filmmaker for whom the night's temptations were ripe and its dangers legion.
May 13, 2019
Ferrara... straining toward the sublime, stumbles into vulgarity.
May 10, 2019
Reluctantly takes its place in a cinema of admonition that turns human lives lived against oppressive opposition into simplistic warnings against having sex on the beach. The man deserves better.
May 10, 2019
One of the most intuitive and mysterious movie biographies made in a while.
May 10, 2019
Part hero worship, part true-crime tragedy and completely of a piece with its creator's obsessions over the spiritual and the sordid.
May 9, 2019
As exquisitely detailed and historically accurate as many of its scenes are, "Pasolini" is less concerned with the realistic reconstruction of the past than with communicating a mood in the present.
August 8, 2019
Just as he did with 2018's At Eternity's Gate, in which he embodied the artist Vincent van Gogh, [Willem] Dafoe brilliantly captures the essence and a more-than-reasonable resemblance to the real figures.
July 19, 2019
Despite Ferrara's attempts to generate scandalous imagery of his own, he winds up with many sequences of touching beauty.
July 11, 2019
What distinguishes Pasolini from other biopics is its willingness to get lost within the artist's creative perspective while detailing his life.
July 6, 2019
Willem Dafoe again reminds us just how talented and diverse an actor he truly is.
July 5, 2019
Ultimately, Ferrara depicts Pasolini as a gentle intellectual with some very unpopular views. Funny how they so often die young.
June 28, 2019
From its velvety opening frames, in which his subject speaks slowly and thoughtfully to a radio interviewer, Abel Ferrara's 20th feature film feels like something the Italian-American iconoclast was born to make.
June 28, 2019
[I]n simply depicting the ordinary day of a man of such creative influence, the film taps into something existentially terrifying -- and, maybe, a little hopeful.
June 6, 2019
Dafoe not only wears Pasolini's clothes but internalizes his spirit. He even holds our attention when Ferrara shows Pasolini sitting at his typewriter, pounding away at a screenplay.
June 4, 2019
Expect darkness and fireworks from Abel Ferrara's thought-provoking biopic (with a fabulously diverse soundtrack).
May 25, 2019
The first of four films released theatrically this year from director Abel Ferrara, Pasolini is a deeply moving look at a legendary film revolutionary.
May 21, 2019
The idea of a search is a significant parallel between the two intertwined portions of the film, which seem to work towards opposing ends yet culminate in the conclusion of a common node: the art of Pier Paolo Pasolini is inseparable from his death.
May 15, 2019
This gives Salò, and the figurehead that Ferrara and Dafoe create from Pasolini's artistic courage, great and undeniable significance amid the political hypocrisy and artistic crises of today.
May 13, 2019
In showing Pasolini's last hours, Ferrara places an unusual emphasis on the quiet, placid environment in which his subject worked, the bedrock of domesticity which anchored him though ultimately could not protect him.
May 10, 2019
Ferrara's Pasolini is sincere, even scholarly; as a film, it feels too stilted and reverent to capture much of that sense of danger.
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