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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Director, Actor

AccattoneAccattone (1961) Recommended
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Franco Citti
The debut feature of Italian filmmaker–novelist–poet–provocateur Pasolini, which depicts the underbelly of Roman street life in a…
Mamma RomaMamma Roma (1962) Recommended
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Anna Magnani
Pasolini, in this early minor–masterpiece, demonstrates a keen awareness of Italy’s altered social and political landscape in the…
RoGoPaGRoGoPaG (Let's Wash our Brains) (1963)
Dir. Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Orson Welles, Rosanna Schiaffino, Ugo Tognazzi
A curious anthology of four short films each written and directed by three Italian and one French film director; Jean–Luc Godard ("Il Nuovo…
Gospel According to St. MatthewGospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
Acted entirely by non–professionals, this is a startlingly visual rendering of the biblical text, blending breath–taking photography with…
Oedipus RexOedipus Rex (1967)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Silvana Mangano, Franco Citti, Alida Valli
Striking visual achievement, filmed amidst the Moroccan desert and Bologna, describes the Oedipal tale of a tortured soul who murders his father and…
TheoremTheorem (Teorema) (1968)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Terence Stamp, Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti
A mysterious stranger seduces and corrupts each member of a bourgeois family. Pasolini stitches religious, social and political metaphors into his…
MedeaMedea (1970)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Maria Callas
Pasolini's stylised, passionate rendering of Euripides play blessed with the formidable presence of Maria Callas, in a non–operatic role, as…
Decameron, TheDecameron, The (1970)
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic
The first part of dir. Pasolini’s ‘medieval trilogy’, this adapts ten of Boccaccio’s famously ribald tales of the Italian Middle Ages. With…
Canterbury Tales, TheCanterbury Tales, The (I Racconti di Canterbury) (1972) Recommended
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Hugh Griffith, Tom Baker, Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pasolini interprets four of Geoffrey Chaucer’s tales in the second of the director's medieval trilogy, set in a bawdy, perverse and dark vision of…
Arabian NightsArabian Nights (Il Fiore Delle Mille e Una Notte) (1974) Recommended
Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Feat. Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Tessa Bouche
For the final part of his “Trilogy of Life”, Pasolini interweaves several of the tales of the ‘Thousand and One Nights’,…

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