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Pier Paolo Pasolini


Dec 13, 2012 – Jan 5, 2013




MoMA The Museum of Modern Art (Venue Partner)

11 W 53rd St



$12 or free with museum admission


If a filmmaker's importance was judged by the number of MoMA retrospectives they received, Pier Paolo Pasolini would rank in the category of "very important," having been feted in 1990 and again now. An openly gay, self-described "Catholic Marxist," the pioneering Italian filmmaker/author was murdered in 1975 at the age of 53. His body of work demonstrates his rebellious spirit, comfort working in a variety of genres, and gift for composition. Organized by the museum in conjunction with Luce Cinetta and Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna, this comprehensive review, which spans from 1961 to 1975, features recently restored versions and newly struck prints. Series highlights include The Gospel According to Matthew (1964), a masterfully crafted straight-forward re-telling of the New Testament story; Theorem (1968), an adaptation of a novel by Pasolini centering around a bourgeois family forever changed by the visit of a mysterious stranger played by Terence Stamp; Saló or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), one of the world's most controversial films; and the Trilogy of Life, three works made by Pasolini between 1971 and 1974 which reinterpret classic tales and fables.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill


Running concurrently with the film series is an exhibit of drawings and paintings by Pasolini which runs through January 5 at Location One and a cinematic installation at MoMA PS1 up until January 7.