Beginning this Friday, BAMPFA will be screening the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), a director who also wore many hats in his career including playwright, poet, actor, and novelist. His work takes inspiration from a variety of sources including Renaissance painting, Romanticism, Italian neorealism, and music. He was known for going against the grain by casting nonprofessional actors and urban youth, rather than those popular in Italian cinema at the time. Pasolini was also controversial, and during his lifetime, he was even involved in around thirty-three trials (one of which was for insulting the Catholic church).
The majority of the films in the series were created in the 1960s, and are screening through new 35mm print including Pasolini’s hard-edges and tragic debut Accattone (1961) the controversial the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), the dreamlike Oedipus Rex (1967), and Medea (1969), which was photographed in color (as most of the films are in black and white). Among the four 1970s films screened by BAMPFA includes the “adults only” the Canterbury Tales (1972) and the Arabian Nights (1974).
The Pasolini film series runs until Halloween, with the films beginning between 5pm and 8:30pm. Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information, including dates and times.