07 July, 2010
by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor
A little controversy in mid summer is a good thing....or so thinks the Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto, which is presenting a comprehensive survey of the poet/anarchist Pier Paolo Pasolini all summer.
Pasolini has been called poet, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, Communist, Christian, moralist, pornographer, populist, artist. Thirty two years after he was murdered by a teenage hustler, he remains, above all, a subject for furious argument. In an era when Italy produced a bumper crop of difficult, passionate cinema artists,he may have been the most difficult of all, and arguably the most prodigiously talented.
The Cinematheque Ontario is presenting a summer-long survey of the controversial artist, one of the most important and controversial figures in the intellectual life of postwar Europe. The first comprehensive series in North America in many years, the retrospective was the very first program ever presented by Cinematheque Ontario and now, two decades later, it again pays tribute to this exemplary artist.
Presenting his greatest films, a mix of expressionism, religion, politics and social criticism, this is a rare opportunity to savor the extraordinary career of a unique artist whose influence is still being felt in both Italian and world cinema.
The film program includes such classics as ACCATTONE, MAMMA ROMA, OEDIPUS REX
SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, TEOREMA, THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, THE CANTERBURY TALES,
THE DECAMERON, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW and WALLS OF SANA’A.
For more information, visit: http://cinemathequeontario.ca/programme.aspx?programmeId=317