Pasolini 101

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Mamma RomaTeoremaAccattoneLove MeetingsThe Gospel According to St. MatthewThe Hawks and the SparrowsOedipus RexPorcileMedea
Janus Films
Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

One of the most original and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century, Italian polymath Pier Paolo Pasolini embodied a multitude of often seemingly contradictory ideologies and identities—and he expressed them all in his provocative, lyrical, and indelible films. Relentlessly concerned with society’s downtrodden and marginalized, he elevated pimps, hustlers, sex workers, and vagabonds to the realm of saints, while depicting actual saints with a radical earthiness. Traversing the sacred and the profane, the ancient and the modern, the mythic and the personal, the nine uncompromising, often scandal-inciting features he made in the 1960s still stand—on this, the 101st anniversary of his birth—as a monument to his daring vision of cinema as a form of resistance.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 , 1.66:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Italian 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 9 Discs |  BD-50
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  • Audio commentary for Accattone by Tony Rayns
  • The Sequence of the Paper Flower (1969), Pasolini's segment from the anthology film Amore e rabbia
  • Two documentaries made by Pasolini during his travels: Scouting in Palestine and Notes for a Film on India
  • New program on Pasolini’s visual style as told through his personal writing, narrated by actor Tilda Swinton and writer Rachel Kushner
  • Documentaries on Pasolini’s life and career featuring archival interviews with the director and his close collaborators
  • Episode from 1966 of the French television program Cinéastes de notre temps
  • Interviews with filmmakers and scholars
  • Interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, Tonino Delli Colli and Enzo Siciliano
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini (1995), a 58-minute documentary by filmmaker Ivo Barnabò Micheli covering the career of the controversial artist
  • La ricotta (1963), a 35-minute film by Pasolini starring Orson Welles as a director who sets out to make a film about the Passion of Jesus
  • Audio commentary for Teorema by Robert S. C. Gordon
  • Introduction to Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini from 1969
  • Interview from 2007 with Terence Stamp
  • Interview with John David Rhodes, author of Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini's Rome
  • Trailer for Accattone
  • Trailer for Love Meetings
  • Trailer for Mamma Roma
  • Trailers
  • 100-page book featuring an essay and notes on the films by critic James Quandt, and writings and drawings by Pasolini

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Mamma Roma
Love Meetings
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
The Hawks and the Sparrows
Oedipus Rex

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