Pasolini 100: A Tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini will premiere at the Castro Theater on September 10 – San Francisco Bay Times

A full day of works in tribute to the filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth will be presented at the Castro Theater on Saturday September 10, 2022. Pasolini 100: Tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini will follow the comprehensive retrospective that Cinecittà premiered earlier this year at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Pasolini, who was also a famous poet, novelist, journalist, Marxist, and openly gay man, fought passionately against government corruption, materialism, and social repression.

The son of a fascist army officer, Pasolini produced films that examine the fascist experience in Italy, the fervor of nationalism, and the disdain of the rich for the poor. Her films often highlight the lives of Italy’s working poor, including ordinary citizens as well as sex workers.

Pasolini’s early literary works attempted to resolve his Christian and Marxist ideologies. Her first novel, Ragazzi of Vita (1955), on which his film Accattone is loosely based, featured a protagonist who is a young street hustler. The book resulted in the filing of obscenity charges against Pasolini, the first of many cases in which his art caused him to interact with the justice system.

A prominent player in Rome’s post-war cultural scene, Pasolini was part of a coterie of talented artists, including writer Alberto Moravia, writer Elsa Morante and opera star Maria Callas. , which he chose for his only film appearance in Medea. His decision, long before the modern LGBTQ rights movement, to make his own homosexuality the subject of his poetry and novels was, at the time, outrageous.

CinemaItaliaSF will present an array of his work, from the sublime to the difficult, in the spirit of freedom of expression that Pasolini passionately espoused. The Tribute coincides coincidentally with the 100th anniversary of the Castro Theatre.

“Although he was a filmmaker for just over a decade, Pasolini’s impact on cinema is profound,” said B. Rondeau, senior director of film programs at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “An openly gay man and outspoken critic of capitalism and the European bourgeois establishment, Pasolini remained in the crosshairs of the elite throughout his career, which ended tragically when he was assassinated a few weeks before the premiere of his most incendiary condemnation of the upper classes: Salò or the 120 days of Sodom. He was 53 years old.

“Presented in nearly preserved 35mm prints, made by Cinecittà and Cineteca di Bologna, this small selection of films spans Pasolini’s key periods: his reinvention of Italian neorealism as a powerfully lyrical vehicle for devastating portraits of modern life (Accattone, Mom Roma); its searing portraits of the depravity of European society and its shocking punch of the festive trilogy of life, a celebration of the primal pleasures of sex in antiquity, and its antithesis, the devastating horror spectacle of World War II world Salo.”

The schedule includes:

10:30 a.m. – Pasolinion the mysterious last days of the filmmaker; 12:30 p.m. – Mom RomaPasolini’s second feature and starring Anna Magnani;
3 p.m. – Accattonefirst feature film by Pasolini, considered one of the great debuts of cinema;
6 p.m. – Medeafeaturing Maria Callas in a rare non-lyrical role;
8:00pm–10:00pm – La Roma di Pasolini Mezzanine Reception, where Rudy from C’era una Volta restaurant will create a Roman atmosphere for selected guests in the Castro Mezzanine;
10 p.m. – SaloPasolini’s infamous last film.

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Posted on August 25, 2022

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