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Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1961 • Italy
Starring Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini
Pier Paolo Pasolini proved himself a radical with his very first feature, in which he courted controversy by applying Catholic iconography and the liturgical music of Bach to a grim neorealist story set in Italian society’s lowest depths. Accattone (Franco Citti) is a shiftless pimp who loses his livelihood when the woman he works with is thrown in prison. Unable to support himself, the desperate Accattone sets his sights on luring a seemingly naive young woman (Franca Pasut) into sex work.