Reviews

  • Nov 28, 2012

    Pasolini was surely murdered (beaten/tortured to death) by fascist thugs with the connivance of the capitalist state.

    Pasolini was surely murdered (beaten/tortured to death) by fascist thugs with the connivance of the capitalist state.

  • Stefanie C Super Reviewer
    Mar 20, 2010

    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.

    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.

  • Sep 20, 2009

    Six years on from Pier Paolo Pasolini's brutal murder - at the hands of a rent boy, though murmurings of a wider conspiracy persist - this hour-long documentary made a necessary attempt to reclaim the filmmaker as more than just a corpse in grim crime-scene photographs (reproduced here, in unsparing detail), who fell victim to his own desires... The analysis - from the likes of Alberto Moravia and the actress Laura Betti - is intelligent and sharp, the archive material selected with erudition. If you want a sense of just how far ahead of his time this director was, listen to the extract from Pasolini's furious diatribe against the abuses and injustices of the Andreotti regime: it would take thirty years for any subsequent Italian filmmaker to put anything similar to that on screen, and even that - Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo" - was finally undermined by its lack of seriousness and sincerity, the dialectical brute force, Pasolini possessed in spades. Like his films or not, he meant them, absolutely.

    Six years on from Pier Paolo Pasolini's brutal murder - at the hands of a rent boy, though murmurings of a wider conspiracy persist - this hour-long documentary made a necessary attempt to reclaim the filmmaker as more than just a corpse in grim crime-scene photographs (reproduced here, in unsparing detail), who fell victim to his own desires... The analysis - from the likes of Alberto Moravia and the actress Laura Betti - is intelligent and sharp, the archive material selected with erudition. If you want a sense of just how far ahead of his time this director was, listen to the extract from Pasolini's furious diatribe against the abuses and injustices of the Andreotti regime: it would take thirty years for any subsequent Italian filmmaker to put anything similar to that on screen, and even that - Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo" - was finally undermined by its lack of seriousness and sincerity, the dialectical brute force, Pasolini possessed in spades. Like his films or not, he meant them, absolutely.

  • May 11, 2008

    it wasn't the best documentary but it did leave some questions answered about him.

    it wasn't the best documentary but it did leave some questions answered about him.