Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

10 Episodes

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ability to simultaneously embrace conflicting philosophies—he drew from Marxism and Catholicism; and he lived a thoroughly modern, openly gay life while looking to the distant past for inspiration and comfort—was matched by the multifariousness of his artistic output as a filmmaker, poet, journalist, novelist, playwright, painter, actor, and all-around public intellectual. Outside Italy, though, he remains best known for his restless and subversive body of film work. After scripting the sly sexual satire IL BELL’ANTONIO, he soon moved to directing, applying Catholic iconography to gutter-level tales of street life like MAMMA ROMA, which gave Anna Magnani one of her greatest roles as a middle-aged sex worker. From there, the outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous—even, to some minds, blasphemous—from the Orson Welles–starring short LA RICOTTA and the stark reimagining of the Christ story THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW to the shocking savagery of PORCILE and the extravagantly bawdy medieval tales in his Trilogy of Life (THE DECAMERON, THE CANTERBURY TALES, ARABIAN NIGHTS). Though Pasolini’s career was cut tragically short by his brutal, still-unsolved murder, he remains—one hundred years after his birth—one of the most revered and controversial artists of the twentieth century.

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Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
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    Episode 1

  • Il bell’Antonio

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mauro Bolognini • 1960 • Italy, France
    Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Pierre Brasseur

    Scripted by Pier Paolo Pasolini, IL BELL’ANTONIO is a barbed, melodramatic satire of religion, sex, and society that gives Marcello Mastroianni a chance to play slyly against his ...

  • Accattone

    Episode 3

    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 sto...

  • Mamma Roma

    Episode 4

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1962 • Italy
    Starring Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti

    Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, MAMMA ROMA...

  • Love Meetings

    Episode 5

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1964 • Italy
    Starring Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lello Bersani

    In 1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini took to the streets of Italy, armed with a camera and microphone, to interview a cross section of ordinary Italians about their attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Interrogati...

  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew

    Episode 6

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1964 • Italy, France
    Starring Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini

    A biblical film that only the Marxist, atheist Pier Paolo Pasolini could make, this starkly beautiful cinematic Passion play takes its dialogue directly from the titular holy tex...

  • The Hawks and the Sparrows

    Episode 7

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1966 • Italy
    Starring Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi

    Pier Paolo Pasolini deconstructs his twin interests—Catholicism and Marxism—in this subversive, fable-like comedy. Italian-cinema icon Totò (in his final starring role) and Pasolini muse Ninetto Davoli sta...

  • Teorema

    Episode 8

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1968 • Italy
    Starring Terence Stamp, Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti

    One of the iconoclastic Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most radical provocations finds the auteur moving beyond the poetic, proletarian earthiness that first won him renown and notoriety with a coolly ...

  • Porcile

    Episode 9

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1969 • Italy, France
    Starring Pierre Clémenti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Alberto Lionello

    One of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most startling works, PORCILE (“Pigsty”) explores humanity’s capacity for barbarism through two parallel stories. In the first, Pierre Clémenti stars ...

  • La ricotta

    Episode 10

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1962 • Italy
    Starring Orson Welles

    Pier Paolo Pasolini’s contribution to the omnibus film RO.GO.PA.G casts Orson Welles as a director attempting to make a film of the crucifixion of Jesus—all while he, the cast, and crew behave in the most un-Christlike ways ima...