"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. ☺
While hardly definitive, what emerges is a characteristically messy but aesthetically coherent take on the controversial artist that plays like a half forgotten dream transmitted via lamp light. It's a shame then that the lengthy, occasionally tedious, fictional dramatisations of Pasolini's written work almost ruin it. On the plus side, it's Ferrara's best work in years, along with Welcome To New York.
A tribute, focusing on Pasolini's humanity, rather than his worldview (that you can find in his films). Ferrara manages to show the connection between loneliness and apparent philosophical despair of Pasolini, something which was a cover for his deep, almost naive humanism. I notice some vaguely homophobic dismissals of a film about a man who was gay bashed to death. Pasolinian irony of our ugly humanity on display.