A bold experiment in interviewing Italian citizens across diverse social statuses and regions. Pasolini's charisma is slightly compromised by the directness of the questions which occasionally seem more titillating than substantive. This is of course heuristic and it generates great lessons as classes and genders are marked by division; the one maybe that Pasolini aimed to disclose by the economic coercion in place.
Societal opinions fascinate me, even ones I may disagree with. What contexts, influences and deductions are involved in each person's ideological conclusions? Pasolini braves the storm, poking the bear to reveal emotive subjectivities on the topic of "sex" from a cavalcade of interviewees. One certainty remains: for better or worse, this discourse will always continue.
Pasolini himself says in this film that "nothing is more tiring than speaking of sex", and indeed I did find myself losing interest in these people's opinions about sexuality, love, divorce, prostitution and social mores. I liked the cinematography, though. 3.7 stars.
Spry, bracing and occasionally unsettling. I sometimes felt Pasolini has too much a ball in the game to convincingly adopt the wry persona that Louie Theroux would embody with quietly sociopathic glee some decades later! That is to say, for the modern viewer child sexuality is the white elephant in the room and I found myself startled by Pasolini's approach to some of the 14-year-olds... but I like being startled!
scary dissection of societal attitudes towards sex; gays are abominable, women are inferior, divorce makes men weak. nevertheless fascinating and humorous, mainly because of Pasolini's gently probing nature, occasionally staring deep down into some fairly horrific opinions with about as much objectivity as you could muster up in that situation. also the ending; when in doubt, blame capitalism.
Throughout, I just kept thinking how difficult it would be for a middle aged man to approach (or even find) a group of children playing in the streets and then for him to ask them questions about sex without being put on a 'register' somewhere. Watching this reveals as much about the contemporary viewer as it does about the people in Passolini's film.
"...e il migliore augurio è che al loro amore si aggiunga la coscienza del loro amore." I feel these scenes still to close to my culture that it is difficult to comment on them. We changed law, garments, telephones but deep inside we are afraid of freedom or even worse ... we mistake it for something else
L'inizio coi bambini è uno dei migliori momenti di "cinema coi piccoli", almeno per l'Italia. Un film sull'Italia, sui giovani (scanzonati e senza vergogna, sia M che F) con alcuni interventi di intellettuali non decisivi Alcune perle ["In questa società bisogna essere Don Giovanni"."Le donne non devono essere inferiori, oddio, solo un pochino", "Se io vedo una bella ragazza un cattivo pensiero, italiano, lo faccio"]