In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son – and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is rescued, given the name Edipo (Oedipus), and brought up by the King and Queen of Corinth as their son. One day an oracle informs Edipo that he is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Horrified, he flees Corinth and his supposed parents – only to get into a fight and kill an older man on the road… —IMDb
Born in Bologna in 1922, Pier Paolo Pasolini left behind a searing legacy that haunts contemporary Italy more than thirty years after his death. More than anyone, Pasolini gazed deeply into Italy’s role in the spread of Fascism and, more controversially, the continuing influence of its ideas in post-war Europe. For him, this was a matter of great personal significance; his father was a soldier in the Fascist Army (he had once protected Mussolini from an assassination attempt) while his brother joined the resistance only to be murdered in an ambush. This personal trauma coincided with a period of intellectual development as Pasolini engaged with Marxist philosophy; especially the works of Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italy’s Communist Party (PCI). His relationship with the PCI, however, was tense. As a poet and intellectual, Pasolini scrutinized his fellow Communists as critically as he did bourgeois society. His enemies retaliated by targeting his personal life; the first instance… read more
The film succeeds in spite of itself. A Freudian take on Oedipus Rex is surely just too obvious, and dated by now if it wasn't already in 1967. And the film dawdles through its last twenty minutes or so. Yet the damn thing is rather exhilarating. I'd watch it again.
O que Pier Pasolini e Glauber Rocha têm em comum? Não foram apenas contemporâneos nos 60's mas também compartilharam visões míticas sobre o mundo. Assim como em "Medeia", o italiano retoma aqui a tragédia grega e faz uma ponte com a Itália do seu tempo. Cruel, árido mas envolvente, o filme foi rodado no Marrocos - que calor! - e mistura atores e não atores. Como não lembrar então de "Deus e o diabo na terra do sol"?