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Pier Paolo Pasolini Vol.2 [DVD]

Julian Beck , Totó , Pier Paolo Pasolini    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Julian Beck, Totó, Carmelo Bene, Ninetto Davoli, Alida Valli
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producers: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gian Vittorio Baldi, Alfredo Bini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
  • Run Time: 287 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9F0M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,946 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. 'The Hawks And Sparrows'(1966) is an allegorical post-neorealist story about Totò, the beloved stone-faced clown of Italian folk-stories. Totò and his son, who is a bit of an idiot, meet a talking crow who spouts Marxism ideology and makes witty comments on the things they see. As the three travel the countryside, they encounter various people. Among these is no less a personage than St. Francis of Assisi, who demands that they convert the crow to Catholicism. The movie is an allegory about how common people are often caught between the moral imperatives of the Catholic Church and Marxism. 'Oedipus Rex' (1967) is Pasolini's version of Sophocles' Greek tragedy, filmed in Morocco and featuring a prologue and epilogue set in modern day Bologna. Oedipus (Franco Citti) unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother (Silvana Mangano), poking out his eyes when he discovers what he has done. Pasolini appears on screen as the High Priest. 'Pigsty' (1969) features two parallel stories. The first one concerns a young man (Clémenti) who wanders in a bleak volcanic landscape and turns cannibal. He joins forces with a thug and the pair ravages the countryside. The tale ends badly for Clementi and during his execution, he recites the famous tagline of the film: 'I killed my father, I ate human flesh and I quiver with joy.' The second story is about a German industrialist and his young son in '60s Germany. Julian, instead of passing time with his radically politicised fiancée, prefers to build relationships with pigs. Father, on the other hand, with his loyal aide tries to solve his rivalry with fellow industrialist. The two industrialists join forces while Julian gets eaten by pigs in the sty. Klotz and Herdhitze conceal the event to avoid a scandal.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Life is a Pigsty 2 Aug 2007
These expensively priced Pasolini box sets boast very snazzy design & each includes a paperback novel, but the actual selection of films leaves a lot to be desired. The first box featured one classic "Accatone" but missed its classic companion piece "Mama Roma", including instead an obscure documentary and anthology film that barely qualified as a proper Pasolini films. This second box again has one classic - "Oedipus" - but lacks its fellow mythic classic "Medea", instead including two experimental efforts which in turn lack their classic companion piece "Theorem". This box also lacks the relevant short films but does include a couple of rough documentary sketches on India & Yemen. Anyway, while vainly wishing for a definitive Pasolini library, I have to say that the 3 films in this second box set are personal favourites but may not be everyone's cup of cappuccino.
"Oedipus Rex" is reasonably straightforward - the Freudian aspect is kept to the prologue & coda, the main part of the film is about Pasolini's fascination with myth and the "primitive". Franco Citti from Accatone gives another great performance. The other two films are minor mid-sixties avant-garde affairs, situated somewhere between Godard and Bunuel. "Hawks and Sparrows" features Chaplinesque comic Toto in a hilarious double act with the irrepressible Ninetto. They play a couple of Beckettian tramps walking through the Italian margins accompanied by a Marxist raven who witters on about the death of ideology - eventually meeting an amusingly horrible end at the hands of an exasperated Toto. There are lots of references to the crisis of Italian communism plus documentary footage of party leader Togliatti's funeral.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By neuro31
Because I am an American, and do not possess an English bank account, I am unable to list this item for sale. That said, if anyone is interested in the above set for a much reasonable price than offered above, please leave a comment for this post and I'll get back to you.

Great set, by the way!
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