Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood) (1981)





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Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die is a naked-truth documentary on the life and work of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975). Using still pictures, excerpts from such Pasolini efforts as The Gospel According to St. Mathew, and extensive interviews, director Philo Bregstein charts Pasolini's matriculation into one of the most controversial cinematic figures in the world. Anti-fascist, pro-Communist, homosexual, "blasphemer"-all these were Pasolini, and much much more besides. Pasolini himself is heard and seen in probing question-and-answer sessions, as are several of his colleagues, including director Bernardo Bertolucci and actress Laura Betti. The title Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die proves prophetic when Pasolini is bludgeoned to death by a 17-year-old boy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary
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Critic Reviews for Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood)

All Critics (4)

Philo Bregstein directed this brief, interesting documentary about the life, career and untimely death of Italian poet, journalist, writer and filmmaker.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | November 20, 2006
Film Threat

So-so documentary on the career and murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

November 15, 2006
Film Threat

A provocative title befitting its provocative subject.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
Orlando Weekly

Pasolini, the decadent anti-fascist, pro-communist, homosexual artist, is a key figure in trying to come to grips with modern Italy and its many passions.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Wie de Waarheid Zegt Moet Dood)


This is not an autobiography or film tribute of the great Provacateur, Pier Paolo Pasolini, but does provide rare glimpses of the man. Archival footage of Pasolini, his films, poetry readings, and interviews with his friends are what this short documentary offers. Pasolini was always a controversial and critical figure in Italy, so any political group would have fared better if he were deceased. Inflamatory indictments of the Christian Democrats, and his film, Salo, were released about a month prior to his untimely death. His bloody and brutal murder could not have been committed by one person (Pino), which was initially supported in the trial. Somehow, this supposition was elimintated before sentencing Pino the Frog as the sole murderer. The case was reopened in 2005, but was later shut the same year, remaining inconclusive. A tragic loss of one of the most important cultural contributors of the twentieth century.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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