By showing the last days of Pasolini we also get to know the man more and not so much what he did or the myths surroundings him. Instead we get to learn what made him tick, his creative process, poetic quality and the last ideas that flowed through his body before his abrupt death. This film is about a man not about showing the "greatest hits". Dafoe really feels like Pasolini too and not only Dafoe doing a role.
The subject of Pasolini's final days is definitely interesting enough, however when portrayed with such sub-par performances it just doesn't make the cut for me. I need to be able to believe in what I'm seeing to properly enjoy something, especially in something realistic like this, and when the performances just feels like actors saying lines it really kills the immersion for me.
"The few people that have changed history are not the sycophants or the cardinals' retinue, they're the people who said no. Refusal has always been a crucial gesture, but to be effective it has to be great, absolute, absurd. Common sense never stopped this situation."
Loved it! Mr Abel Ferrara is getting back on form folks. Always loved his work. Unpredictable and totally on the side of irreverence and unconformity, no one could approach the subject(s) Ferrara does. He is unique. Once again he has focused his uncomplicated style on an individual whose life and story was so controversial it literally killed him. I come away from the best of Ferrara''s work feeling educated. ☺