Rome: Associazione "Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini"/Ente Autonomo Gestione Cinema, 1988. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Program for a multimedia project devoted to the work of legendary Italian poet, filmmaker and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini, featuring filmstills, production notes, a filmography, and excerpts from Pasolini's writings. Born in Bologna the year Mussolini came to power, Pasolini was a precocious poet and asthete. A self-described Catholic Marxist and a homosexual, he fell afoul of the Fascist government, the Italian Communist Party and the church. He got his start in cinema writing dialogue for Fellini, and soon began writing and directing his own films, recounting the lives of thieves, prostitutes and others on the periphery, in a form of rebuke to entrenched neorealism. By the time of Europe's student riots in the late 1960s, he was seen by some as a reactionary for his sympathies toward the police and disdain for the radicals, many of whom came from the middle classes. He was murdered in 1975, under what remain mysterious circumstances, possibly by the Mafia, possibly for political reasons, possibly in a crime of passion. The present program, which includes critical assessments by Alberto Moravia, Enzo Siciliano and others, was published under the auspices of Italy's Ministero del Turismo e dello Spettacolo, as part of a "cultural initiative for the recovery, restoration, conservation and multimedia dissemination of [Pasolini's] complete cinema works." Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photos and reproductions. Text in English. Light soiling and edgewear. Near fine, scarce. Item #719