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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.

Coproduced by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Luce Cinecittà, Rome, and Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna.

This series is organized by David Filipi, director of film/video at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and by Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero, Luce Cinecittà, with Roberto Chiesi, Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna.

Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy.

This event is part of the celebrations of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

All copies in 35mm in Italian with English subtitles realized by Luce Cinecittà, unless otherwise noted.

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