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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Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli. "Desire list": seeing Franco Citti is never forgetting him, persona of the deepest "lumpen proletariat", a pure emanation of Pasolinian cinema, a poetic of a face in a writing about the real(ity).
Accattone is a real asshole that is difficult to feel any kind of sympathy or empathy for. This hurt the film in my point of view. Although people claim we are not meant to sympathise him, and just view his reality 'as it is', there is an element of tragic grandeur that Pasolini is going for that doesn't work for me. Some of the acting is bad too, and overall, i think Pasolini went on to greater things.
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.
3-4. The movie's biggest issue is establishing and maintaining a long-term central conflict. That being said, there are a great many wonderful evocations about the interactions between divinity and the lower/working classes, with the protagonist walking a line between the two (too good to commit to being a pimp, but too bad to work honestly) as he wounds divinity (Stella) in attempting to attain/hold on to it.