‘We Are All in Danger’ – films of Pasolini

Pasolini at the grave of Antonio Gramsci (pasolini sulla tomba di gramsci)

…humble brother, with one thin hand you describe the ideal that brightens (but not for us: you are dead, and we equally dead, with you, in the wet garden) this silence.

You can’t, you see?, be buried in this weird place, still confined.

Boring aristocrats around you.

Listen: a few strokes of the anvil from the machine shops of Testaccio, fading, the evening slumbering: between the wretched shelters, bare heaps of cans, scrap iron, where a shop boy sings a dirty song, finished his day, while outside it stops raining

— from the Ashes of Gramsci by Pier Paolo Pasolini

The Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA in Brisbane presents a major retrospective of Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the most remarkable figures in European post-war cinema.

Director, screenwriter, essayist, poet, critic and novelist, Pasolini built an extraordinary filmography, combining sacred and profane, reality and myth, Marxism and Catholicism, as well as the use of non-professional actors and on-location shooting.

Pasolini rejected Italian bourgeois values, which he felt had destroyed the country’s peasant culture. His critique of these materialist values, consumer capitalism, and the destructions wrought by bourgeois pragmatism, pointed to what he saw as a pervasive loss of identity.

The program brings together Pasolini’s celebrated feature films, documentaries, short films, and episodes from omnibus features, with responses to his life and work from other artists and directors. In the last interview that Pasolini gave on 1 November 1975, a few hours before he was killed, he expressed his ongoing sense of urgency and shared peril, stating ‘Maybe I am mistaken, but I continue to say that we are all in danger’.

The screening of Accattone 1961, Pasolini’s first film, kicks off the retrospective this Saturday:

Accattone 1961 Ages 15+ (120 mins)
1:00 for 1:30pm
Saturday 6 November
Cinema A at the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque,
Stanley Place, South Bank, South Brisbane

Catapulting Pasolini onto the world cinema stage, Accattone chronicles the life of a petty criminal and pimp in the slums of Rome, and is set in the milieu of the director’s early novels Ragazzi di Vita (1955) and Una Vita Violenta (1959).

We hope that you will to take the opportunity offered by this major film event to truly appreciate the genius of an Italian cultural icon, recognised as one of the most remarkable directors in cinema history. The full program details are attached. Make sure that you catch Anna Magnani in Mamma Roma 1962, screening on Sunday 7 November at 2pm, the great comic actor Totò in Uccellacci e Uccellini (Hawks and Sparrows) 1966, screening on Sunday 14 November at 3.15pm, and the extraordinary Maria Callas in Medea 1969, screening on Sunday 21 November at 3.00pm – just to name a few of the program highlights.

In an Australian first, the retrospective also includes rarely seen test footage for uncompleted films and sequences cut from some of his key films including Arabian Nights 1974 and Hawks and Sparrows 1966, as well as films by artists and directors paying homage to Pasolini.

See Australian_Cinematheque_Pasolini_2010.pdf for the full program or go to Goma website @ http://qag.qld.gov.au/cinematheque/current/pasolini

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