A Certain Realism: Making Use of Pasolini's Film Theory and Practice

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University of California Press, 15.07.1993 - 368 Seiten
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Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was arguably the most complex director of postwar Italian cinema. His films—Accattone, The Canterbury Tales, Medea, Saló—continue to challenge and entertain new generations of moviegoers. A leftist, a homosexual, and a distinguished writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism, Pasolini once claimed that "a certain realism" informed his filmmaking.

Masterfully combining analyses of Pasolini's literary and theoretical writings and of all his films, Maurizio Viano offers the first thorough study of Pasolini's cinematic realism, in theory and in practice. He finds that Pasolini's cinematic career exemplifies an "expressionistic realism" that acknowledges its subjective foundation instead of striving for an impossible objectivity.

Focusing on the personal and expressionistic dimensions of Pasolini's cinema, Viano also argues that homosexuality is present in the films in ways that critics have thus far failed to acknowledge. Sure to generate controversy among film scholars, Italianists, and fans of the director's work, this accessible film-by-film treatment is an ideal companion for anyone watching Pasolini's films on video.
 

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Authorial Intertext
1
Extravagantly Interdisciplinary
18
An Explosion of My Love for Reality
47
Accattone
68
Mamma Roma
84
La ricotta
99
La rabbia
111
Comizi damore
119
Appunti per un film sullindia
192
Teorema
198
Porcile
214
Medea
236
Appunti per unOrestiade Africana
250
Le mum di Sanaa
258
La trilogia della vita
263
Saiò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
294

Sopraluoghi in Palestina
128
II Vangelo secondo Matteo
132
Uccellacci uccellini
146
La terra vista dalla luna and Che cosa sono ie nuvole?
161
Edipo re
173
La sequenza del fiore di carta
187

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Maurizio Viano is Associate Professor of Italian at Wellesley College.

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