Pier Paolo Pasolini

October 22–November 27, 2022

This retrospective of the influential Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975) features 35mm restorations, many done by Cineteca di Bologna in partnership with Cinecittà.

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  • Accattone

  • The Decameron

  • Teorema

  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew

  • Arabian Nights

  • Mamma Roma

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  • Accattone

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1961

    New 4K Digital Restoration

    • Saturday, October 22 7 PM
    • Saturday, November 26 7 PM

    Pasolini’s famous debut film, a hard-edged and lyrical tragedy set in the Dantean slums of Rome, is “incandescent” (New York Times).

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  • Mamma Roma

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1962

    Imported 35mm Print 

    • Friday, October 28 7 PM

    Pasolini captures 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.

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  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1964

    Imported 35mm Print 

    • Sunday, October 30 4 PM
    • Saturday, November 19 7 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).

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  • The Hawks and the Sparrows

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1966

    New 4K Digital Restoration

    • Saturday, November 5 7 PM

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

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  • Teorema

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1968

    Imported 35mm Print 

    • Friday, November 11 7 PM

    Pasolini’s first film shot in a bourgeois milieu is predicated on the theorem that “anything done by the bourgeoisie, however sincere, profound and noble it is, is on the wrong track.”

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  • The Decameron

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1971

    Imported 35mm Print 
    Recommended for adults only 

    • Friday, November 18 7 PM

    “One of the most beautiful, turbulent and uproarious panoramas of early Renaissance life ever put on film” (New York Times).

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  • The Canterbury Tales

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1972

    Imported 35mm Print
    Recommended for adults only 

    • Friday, November 25 5 PM

    “Chaucer is played for maximum ribaldry . . . [this adaptation is] uniformly gorgeous” (Village Voice).

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  • Arabian Nights

    Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Italy, 1974

    Imported 35mm Print
    Recommended for adults only 

    • Sunday, November 27 5 PM

    A magic carpet fantasy rooted in realism—filmed in North Africa, Iran, and Nepal—Arabian Nights is “Pasolini’s most beautiful film” (Tony Rayns). 

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