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526 Ratings


Directed by Abel Ferrara
France, Italy, 2014
Biography, Drama


A look at the final days of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and the confusion surrounding his death in 1975.

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Pasolini Directed by Abel Ferrara
stylistically, it’s almost as if Ferrara has moved from being the great-grandson of F.W. Murnau to being the grandson of Vincente Minnelli—although one could argue, more precisely, that it isn’t really an auteur film at all. Yet as a portrait of the great and uncontainable Pier Paolo Pasolini, filtered through the last day of his life—a day focused on new creative work as well as various other activities, at home and on the street—it carries an undeniable conviction and emotional authenticity.
December 21, 2015
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[In some] moments, including an unsparing death scene that’s all the more fascinating and horrifying because it’s so sapped of dignity or grace, Pasolini is impossible to dismiss. When its defining characteristics so often clash with and nullify each other, it feels no less difficult to love.
September 11, 2015
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The special, artistic payoff of this reconstruction, however, is also unmistakable. Alongside all those moments where Pasolini appears to be forecasting his own tragic death, there are just as many scenes that are entirely undramatic and touching in their homeliness: Pasolini interacting with his beloved mother Susanna (Adriana Asti, former actor for Pasolini and Bertolucci) and his friends; or on a makeshift soccer field, energetically kicking the ball around with a bunch of young guys.
September 11, 2015
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