The Passion of Pasolini

11/1/07 to 12/7/07

In the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini, oppositions of sacred and profane, reality and myth, Marxism and Catholicism, homosexuality and abhorrence of the modern cultural landscape are no longer contradictions. This selection of his extraordinarily beautiful films, including the entire “Trilogy of Life,” shows the spectrum of Pasolini's metaphysical, political, and sensual passions.

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  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    • Friday, December 7 9:00 PM

    Pasolini's most controversial film is a graphic adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's famous work, adapted to an Italian Fascist milieu. Adults only.

  • Hawks and Sparrows

    • Saturday, December 1 6:30 PM

    The great Italian comic Totò plays opposite Pasolini discovery Ninetto Davoli in this Brechtian slapstick set in the time of St. Francis.

  • The Arabian Nights

    • Saturday, November 24 7:15 PM

    A magic-carpet fantasy rooted in realism, filmed in North Africa, Iran, and Nepal. “Pasolini's most beautiful film.”-Tony Rayns. Adults only.

  • The Canterbury Tales

    • Friday, November 23 8:15 PM

    “Chaucer is played for maximum ribaldry . . . [this adaptation is] uniformly gorgeous.”-Village Voice. Adults only.

  • The Decameron

    • Saturday, November 17 8:15 PM

    Ninetto Davoli in person. “One of the most beautiful, turbulent and uproarious panoramas of early Renaissance life ever put on film.”-N.Y. Times. Adults only.

  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew

    • Sunday, November 4 2:00 PM

    “Pasolini's most satisfying movie. . . . The director's Catholicism and Marxism serve him well here [but] the film's beauty . . . derives from its simplicity.”-Time Out

  • Mamma Roma

    • Friday, November 2 8:50 PM

    Pasolini captured the great Anna Magnani “like a found object” (Village Voice) in her role as a spirited prostitute; her downtrodden exuberance stands in for Rome itself.

  • Accattone

    • Thursday, November 1 7:30 PM

    Pasolini's famous debut film, a hard-edged and lyrical tragedy set in the slums of Rome.