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Medea

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Medea

Medea

Image courtesy of Swank Films

Medea

Medea

Image courtesy of Swank Films

Medea

(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 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, Feb 13, 2014 7 PM

Starring opera legend Maria Callas in her only film role (she doesn’t sing), Medea takes its plot from the Euripides classic and is set amidst the early Christian churches in the Göreme region of Turkey. (110 mins., 35mm)

Join Louis-Georges Schwartz prior to the film for "Medea 1969, or Women’s Self-Abolition in the Years of Lead," a free lecture on the film in the context of Italian feminism and the women’s struggle within militant movements between 1969 and 1978.

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