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La Ricotta – Pasolini Directed Orson Welles

November 2nd, 2014
  • Pier Paulo Pasolini speaks. (youtube)

    “The simplest, poorest people, and the highly cultured intellectuals and artists are the most sincere, interesting people.” Pasolini said

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    Orson Welles and Pasolini

    A short film La Ricotta (full film on youtube)

    Grazie Giulio Tosi for the pointer.

  • Film Comment Interview

    With Welles, how did you get a result you felt was fruitful?
    For two reasons—first of all in La Ricotta Welles did not play another character. He played himself. What he really did was a caricature of himself. And also because Welles, in addition to being an actor, is also an intellectual—so in reality, I used him as an intellectual director rather than as an actor. Because he’s an extremely intelligent man, he understood right away and there was no problem. He brought it off well.. It was a very brief and simple part, with no great complications. I told him my intention and I let him do as he pleased. He understood what I wanted immediately and did it in a manner that was completely satisfying to me.

    Abel Ferrara on Posolini – (Willem Dafoe as Pasolini)

    Was there any moment that you considered incorporating Pasolini’s own style into this film?

    Ferrara: Well, he’s in my DNA. I’ve been watching this guy since I was a very young filmmaker. He’s a very important filmmaker. I’ve seen all of his stuff. Maybe in this film, we’re trying to exercise what he is to me. His style of filmmaking is what we believe in. He’s a teacher, he’s a master and we’re the students. It’s as simple as that. hIl Decameron] blew my mind. It was the types of films I wanted to make and the kind of film i wanted to imagine making. His expression, his freedom, the way he filmed people.

    Created an archive for Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Pier Paulo Pasolini Speaks, Draws & Paints

    March 5th, 2013
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    Pasolini as Chaucer from Canterbury Tales.

    March 5, 1922 – birthday of Pier Paolo Pasolini

  • Pasolini Speaks

    Pier Paolo Pasolini is without question one of the most controversial filmmakers who ever lived. He is also among the most fascinating. He brought rigorous social and artistic philosophies to every project he embarked on, and boldly voiced beliefs that provoked consternation in others.

    Arts Martyr the Drawings and Paintings of Pier Paulo Pasolini

    Pier Paolo Pasolini: Portraits, Self Portraits at Location One in Soho is timed to coincide with the Pasolini film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (December 13, 2012-January 5, 2013). The forty drawings and paintings on display present a crucial if little-known aspect of the artist’s multifaceted genius, but its pleasures are not reserved solely for the Pasolini-obsessed.

    Pasolini’s Legacy of a Sprawl of Brutality

    Films of Paulo Pier Pasonlini at MoMa


  • Image by Zilda

  • Giotto’s Dream (Previous post)

  • Giotto’s Dream

    September 12th, 2011

    Decameron by Pasolini

    In his “Satyricon,” Fellini contented himself by playing God, the artist, off screen. Pasolini is not quite so modest. About halfway through “The Decameron” he himself shows up as Giotto, one of the founding fathers of the Renaissance. Thereafter we see him periodically, surrounded by his students, at work on a giant fresco, the holy faces of which are those of the thieves, whores, merchants, nuns, friars, rubes, deceived husband and not-so-virginal lovers, whose stories we’ve been watching.
    When his work is finally completed, Giotto is spent, drained, empty of feeling. “Why produce a work of art,” he says to himself, “when it’s so nice to dream about it?”
    Pasolini’s dream is composed of the tales he tells us, takes as its theme a frenzied Giotto nightmare, in which the artist’s religious visions are overwhelmed by the more attractive visions of a pagan orgy.

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    Film still from Decameron by Pasolini

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    Legend of St Francis, Homage of a simple man

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    Giotto’s Dream by Jeni Spota

    Giotto’s Dream an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jeni Spota. Using Pasolini’s interpretation of Boccaccio’s medieval allegory The Decameron, specifically Giotto’s dream sequence, Spota’s paintings blend traditional religious painting with a hallucinatory vibrancy.

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