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Pier Paolo Pasolini Vol.1 (Accattone, RoGoPag, Love Meetings) [DVD]

Franco Citti , Pier Paolo Pasolini    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Franco Citti
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU9L5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three-helping set of films by Pier Paolo Pasolini, considered one of the most important filmmakers ever. Italian by birth, he made a name for himself as perhaps the primary revolutionary voice in postwar Italian cinema, employing similar methods to Truffaut and Godard. Choosing subjects among the working class and those at the far southern reaches of the social scale, Pasolini catalogued society's more revolutionary quarters such as Marxists and the homosexual community 'Accatone' (1964) is Pasolini's film about street life and prostitution which employs a near-documentary style and non-professional actors. Accattone (Franco Citti) is a pimp who falls in love and tries to go straight, only to give up and return to the streets to find his girls working for someone else. 'Love Meetings' (1965) is a revolutionary documentary in which Pasolini takes to the streets with camera and mic, asking Italians the most intimate questions about sex; does virginity matter? Are women men's equals? What do they think of homosexuals? This in a stanchly Catholic country, indeed the cradle of Catholicism, raises a whole set of issues by itself about forthrightness but the answers paint a picture of a series of changing attitudes between areas and social classes. Ro.Go.Pa.G (1962) contains four films by four directors: in Roberto Rossellini's 'Illibatezza' (Chastity), an Italian air hostess in Bangkok is pursued by an American businessman; in Pier Pasolini's 'La Ricotta', notions of religion and belief are explored as a biblical blockbuster is being filmed outside Rome; Jean-Luc Godard's 'Il Nuovo Mondo' (The New World) is a look at a post-nuclear explosion future; and Ugo Gregoretti's 'Il Pollo Ruspante' (The Free-Range Chicken) is a satire on modern living. Pasolini's contribution earned him a suspended prison sentence for blasphemy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A true master 11 April 2007
Pier Paolo Pasolini is undoubtedly one of cinema's great masters - one of the ultimate European auteur directors, who left an enduring legacy of controversy and great films behind him (the two factors not always linked).

His more famous film works are undoubtedly the one's which tackled the biggest and most controversial subject matter - the life of Christ in 'The Gospel According To St Matthew' on the one hand and 'Salo' from The Marquis de Sade's '120 Days of Sodom' on the other. Much of his (specifically later) work was in this adaptation vein such as the trilogy 'The Decameron', 'The Canterbury Tales' and 'Arabian Nights', however, the director started life in the neo-realist style - which 'Accatone' contained here shows. This is a grittily realistic story about a Rome pimp, showing the harsh ups and downs it takes as he tries to get by. Acted impressively by Franco Citti this is an engaging and sometimes brutal tale.

Another side to Pasolini's film-making is shown here in the second feature 'Love Meetings', a documentary which involved the director speaking to a host of different Italians about sex - okay so it's not dramatically different to other films in subject matter, however, Pasolini's approach is once again interesting and his investigative social and political aims make for a facinating film.

Ever involved in controversy the director's segment of the third film collected here - the compilation feature 'RoGoPaG', also featuring efforts from European masters Godard, Rosselini and Gregoretti, led to his arrest and imprisonment due to its blasphemous content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accatone - 5 stars 25 Oct 2008
Though more and more re-releases are appearing on DVD, it's a sad comment on the tastes of the industry that so many masterpieces are either unavailable or incredibly difficult to get hold of. At the time of writing (Oct 08) "Accatone" is a case in point - only currently available in the UK as part of a very expensive 3-disc set (though you can import it from Amazon.com for $25). The transfer that you get is straight from video, complete with fizzy lines, not remastered, and with white subtitles against the ubiquitous white shirts and jerseys characters wear - large parts of the English dialogue are unreadable).

But despite this it's good to have this late masterpiece of Italian neo-realism in any form. When it appeared, "Accattone" caused quite a stink and there were calls for it to be banned - Pasolini starting as he meant to go on. At the time, Italy was the tiger economy of Europe, Rome was seen as ultra-cool, ultra-fashionable and this portrait of the ultra-marginalised, dirt-poor of Rome threw a piss-pot in the face of national self-regard. This is the obverse side of "La Dolce Vita", a tale of a drifter, a worthless self-serving idler (Accattone means beggar, and is also the nickname of Vittorio, the central character) whose only income is from pimping his girlfriend. At one point he steals a gold necklace from his own 5-year-old son, and though he says to himself "How could I do such a thing?"he does so with a smile on his face, as if he really thinks it's a rather cute thing to do.

But his life changes when he meets a young blond and falls in love. He determines that he is going to support the girl this time, and tries a job shifting tons of iron in the blazing heat. Unsurprisingly he can't hack it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Out of Print Gem! 24 Jan 2011
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The real gem here, for my money is the impossible-to-find collaborative film from 1963 "RoGoPaG". Included are short works by Rossellini, Godard, Pasolini and Ugo Gregoretti. And as a cherry on the sundae, Orson Welles plays a director in the Pasolini segment!
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