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The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini by Sam Rohdie

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April 1996, no. 179
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The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini by Sam Rohdie

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The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini by Sam Rohdie

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April 1996, no. 179

Near the end of a candid 1966 documentary portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini shot in 1966 (and shown last year on SBS), the French critic Jean-André Fieschi casually asks the Italian director whether art is for his a ‘matter of life and death’. Pasolini – who up to this point has been discoursing urbanely on class, culture, cinema and language like a true public intellectual – is floored by the question. ‘This changes the whole basis of our discussion,’ he declares, and goes on to confess that everything he has previously said is a mere mask hiding his actual, primal, angst-ridden feelings about life, death and survival. Unmasked as a trembling existentialist, Pasolini announces that the interview is over. And there Fieschi’s film abruptly ends.

Adrian Martin reviews 'The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini' by Sam Rohdie

The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini

by Sam Rohdie

British Film Institute & Indiana, £14.99, 230 pp

Buy this book

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