The Gospel According To Pier Paolo Pasolini
Introducing a short season on the blog celebrating Masters Of Cinema’s forthcoming Blu-ray release of two films by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Italian auteur Pier Paolo Pasolini is one of the most controversial directors in art-house cinema – gay! atheist! Marxist! murder victim! – but strangely he’s a figure whose work I’ve never got around to watching. Maybe it’s the forbidding reputation of Pasolini’s last film, the shit-eating, sadistic Salo. Or more likely it’s the fact I’ve never been all that partial to the artier wing of Italian cinema. Rossellini, Fellini and Antonioni all lie somewhere between “take ’em and leave ’em” on my list of cinematic heroes. Give me Leone, any day.
Yet hot on the heels of a recent rediscovery of Bernardo Bertolucci, I’m suddenly in the mood for filling my belly with cinematic pasta. So thanks to Masters Of Cinema for achieving one of their customary miracles in introducing me to films of real quality, with the Blu-ray release of Pasolini’s debut Accattone and his most acclaimed film, The Gospel According To Matthew.
Reviews of both will follow in the next two days. Suffice to say, I’ve been wowed by Pasolini, thanks to his eye for faces, his musical choices, his vivid camerawork, and his startling synthesis of raw reality and spiritual contemplation. I want to see more of Pasolini’s films now, which is handy because both Blu-rays include one of the many documentaries Pasolini shot in between features.
I might even give Salo a go.