Pier Paolo Pasolini

Primary Author: Christopher Chylinski

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Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, and writer who was born in Bologna in the former Kingdom of Italy on 5 March 1922. Formally, he was known for his controversial and extremely graphic visual content, commonly representing sexuality, torture, Marxism, and the cruel reminisce of Fascist Italy in his work.

While indulging in poetry as a youth and after his draft in World World II, Pasolini became a communist, only to be formally expelled for his homosexuality. Afterward, he began to work on his film career, starting with Accattone (1961).

Pasolini's creations resembled an intense neo-realism style, with emphasis on the sophisticated, yet gruesome truth of humanity. Despite this, he would go to win multiple awards for his work in the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award with his film, ll vangelo secondo Matteo [The Gospel According to St. Matthew] (1964).

In films such as Mamma Roma (1962), ll fiore delle Mille e una Notte [A Thousand and One Nights] (1974), and his final film, Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma [Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom] (1975), Pasolini employed particular trademarks such as use of natural light, non-professional actors, classical music, short takes, and showing the title with black text on a white background.

Pasolini was murdered at the age of 53 in the neighborhood of Ostia, in Rome on 2 November 1975. His murder was alleged to be a male prostitute. For those with strong stomachs and a desire to see the visionary neo-realistic thinking of the late Pier Paolo Pasolini , his work would be remembered as initially shocking, but truly symbolic in nature.