La Ricotta, Oedipus Rex

Film/Video
La ricotta

La ricotta

Image courtesy of Luce Cinecittà

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

Image courtesy of Compass Film

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

Image courtesy of Compass Film

La ricotta
Oedipus Rex

(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962–63, 1967)

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, Feb 6, 2014 7 PM

The third (and considered by most to be the best) installment of the omnibus film RoGoPaG, La ricotta stars Orson Welles as a Pasolini-like director working on a production of the Passion of Christ. (35 mins., 35mm) Adapted from the Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex follows a baby in prewar Italy who has been abandoned in the desert by his father. The location then changes to the ancient world where the baby, Edipo, matures and learns of the prophecy that says he will kill his father and marry his mother. (110 mins., 35mm)

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

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

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