Hawks and Sparrows, Porcile

Film/Video
Hawks and Sparrows

Hawks and Sparrows

Image courtesy of Compass Film

Hawks and Sparrows

Hawks and Sparrows

Image courtesy of Compass Film

Porcile

Porcile

Image courtesy of Movetime

Hawks and Sparrows
Porcile

(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1965–66, 1969)

Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter. He held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police. His filmography represents perhaps the most subversive body of work ever put to film, still provoking outrage and charges of blasphemy in some quarters. However controversial, the themes he explores achieve a measure of timelessness and universality as many of his films are set in the distant past. Most importantly, his films often portray the lives of those existing on the fringes of society, in roles often played by nonprofessional actors. The Wex is thrilled to present this nearly complete retrospective with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.

Thu, Jan 9, 2014 7 PM
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 8:40 PM

The film Pasolini considered his favorite, Hawks and Sparrows stars the Italian comic Totò and Pasolini muse Ninetto Davoli in a comical, Brechtian fable partially set in the time of St. Francis. (89 mins., 35mm) Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud and Pierre Clémenti, the highly symbolic Porcile (Pigsty) consists of two alternating, complementary stories. The first depicts a man in an unspecified era who turns to cannibalism and ravages the countryside before his arrest. The second follows the son of a German postwar industrialist who favors the company of pigs to that of his leftist girlfriend. (98 mins., 35mm)

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)

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