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715 Ratings


Directed by Abel Ferrara
France, Italy, 2014
Biography, Drama


Rome, 1975. The last day in the life of Pier Paolo Pasolini. About to complete his masterpiece, at the risk of his own life, he continues to criticize the ruling classes. Pasolini spends time with his beloved mother, then with his close friends before heading off in the pursuit of adventure.

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Pasolini Directed by Abel Ferrara
A love letter from one iconoclastic Italian Catholic artist to another, Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini” stays far from the cliches of the Hollywood biopic, embracing a fragmented, intense, impressionistic approach.
May 10, 2019
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stylistically, it’s almost as if Ferrara has moved from being the great-grandson of F.W. Murnau to being the grandson of Vincente Minnelli—although one could argue, more precisely, that it isn’t really an auteur film at all. Yet as a portrait of the great and uncontainable Pier Paolo Pasolini, filtered through the last day of his life—a day focused on new creative work as well as various other activities, at home and on the street—it carries an undeniable conviction and emotional authenticity.
December 21, 2015
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The special, artistic payoff of this reconstruction, however, is also unmistakable. Alongside all those moments where Pasolini appears to be forecasting his own tragic death, there are just as many scenes that are entirely undramatic and touching in their homeliness: Pasolini interacting with his beloved mother Susanna (Adriana Asti, former actor for Pasolini and Bertolucci) and his friends; or on a makeshift soccer field, energetically kicking the ball around with a bunch of young guys.
September 11, 2015
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