Pasolini is a docu-fiction by Abel Ferrara, one of the directors that I love the most. If you have seen Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant or The Addiction, then you have seen really great movies, if not masterpieces. And there are many others.
So, I had great expectations for this movie. Pierpaolo Pasolini was one of the most important artists of out time. Italian, he was a writer, a poet and a movie director. He excelled in every field. Since this blog regards cinema, I shall give advice about his movies only: Mamma Roma, Accattone, The Gospel According to St. Matthew and Salò are all true masterpieces, which one should see.
But Pasolini the movieis an utter disaster, even worse than Hungry Hurts or The Cut, mostly because it is pointless. After the movie was over I had a completly blank brain. 80 minutes had passed but I had received nothing.
Pasolini is set during the night of Pierpaolo Pasolini’s death on the 2nd of November of 1975. In this day, Pasolini is seen working, giving interviews, thinking, reflecting and then carrying a young boy from the street (Damiano Tamilia, who plays the role of Pino Pelosi) to the beach, where some fascists homophobes kill him.
To tell the truth, only one person, the young man Pasolini brings with him, was indicted, founf guily and convicted for the heinous crime, but nobody really believed the verdict and it was always thought Pasolini paid with his life for what he was (an homosexual, a communist) and for what ne knew, or said he knew regarding the fascistic terroristic attack of Piazza Fontana, the 12 of December, 1969, in Milan.
The movie is a distaster because it essentially talks about nothing. There are too many versions of Pasolini, and you cannot represent them properly in 80 minutes: the Pasolini-famous man, -director, -homosexual, -intellectual, -victim…There are also some kind of visions that come from Pasolini’s visions or stills from the never made Porno-Teo Kolossal, but they make no sense with the rest of the picture. Finally, the cast is absolutely terrible: Willem Dafoe is a Pasolini look-alike, but in the original version of the Festival he kept switching from English to Italian, to a point where his performance was completely ruined. The rest of the cast is enraging, Maria de Medeiros above all, who offends Laura Betti’s memory.
The only nice thing is the cameo by Pasolini’s old friend, Ninetto Davoli, a living piece of history.
Unlike history, this movie has to be forgotten.
Director: Abel Ferrara
Screenplay: Abel Ferrara and Maurizio Braucci
Producer: Thierry Lounas
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Riccardo Scamarcio, Maria de Medeiros, Fabrizio Gifuni, Ninetto Davoli.
Genre: drama, biography
Duration: 86 min.