Vittorio Accattone has never worked a day in his life, and has apparently made a good living prostituting his female companion, Maddalena. But her arrest begins his decline; hungry, he begs from churches…
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I am struggling to find the right words to define this film. I had forgotten how much I loved cinema as a medium for human expression.This film reminded me of it again. A very rare breed of film that has few equals. I guess this is my kind of social realism with a very crude style of melodrama. Honestly, I have yet to fully understand the social and historical aspects of the mores represented in this film.
Compare this to any typical contemporary "social realist" film that screened in Berlin or Venice or Cannes in the past 10 years. What's the difference? Pasolini is uglier, meaner, angrier. He provides no sentimental bullshit. He doesn't elicit our sense of moral superiority. He is also a poet, whereas these guys are basically liberal columnists. Well, Accattone is Pasolini's first masterpiece.
Bow, ist der Film traurig. Eindrücklich wie ein Theaterstück. So facettenreich, dass man sie alle beim einfachen Sehen nicht überblickt.
Ein vollständig durchkonzipierter Film, der bis ins kleinste Detail etwas vermittelt. Von Anfang an verbirgt sich hier der Klassiker.
After a week of thought, I think this movie truly deserves a 5 star rather than a 4. Accattone is the modern man, the failed or missunderstood "artist", an anarhist by nature which tries to adapt and survive in a harsh society by his own laws. An attitude that is blamed by the rest and leads only to a tragic end.
A rather auspicious and incredibly sharp debut by Pasolini. It is worth noting that the film is far from being a sentimental account as many people seem to consider it that way, this is the work of a perpetually cold intellectual and as such we can find a great deal of insight about the lifestyles, contradictions and conflicts of the people living in the italian slums. An alternative to the usual neorealism.