You may not recognize the name Pier Paolo Pasolini, but it’s a good bet you’ve heard of Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom or at least the infamy surrounding it. Well, to the non-Criterion loving film fans out there, Pier Paolo Pasolini is of one of cinema’s greatest directors. Further, Pasolini was tragically murdered after the release of the film and Abel Ferrara’s period piece deals with a very small portion of his life. This film looks enticing, in a decidedly artsy fashion, so if you fancy the works of the late director, then feast your eyes on these two trailers (note: the second one is dialogue-free).
A look at the final days of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and the confusion surrounding his death in 1975.
Ferrara’s film takes a look at the final days of Pasolini and the toll it took on everyone during the filming of Salò. So much so it led to his murder (some have said it was one of the actors who just snapped because of the realistic abuse depicted in the film). Even at the time it was an extremely controversial picture. Pasolini examines the director’s life, family and friends in a captivating look at the events leading to his death in November of 1975.
Directed by Abel Ferrara, the film stars Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros, and Riccardo Scamarcio. Pasolini is slated to screen at TIFF this year but currently there is no word on a US release date.