Pasolini's "Accattone"­ @ PFA

Pasolini’s first film (1961) is set in the milieu of his early novels Ragazzi di vita (1955) and Una vita violenta (1959)—the world of prostitutes, pimps, and layabouts living on the outskirts of Rome and existing outside of both bourgeois and proletarian morality. The film shares some qualities with neorealism, but Pasolini’s unsentimental approach to the cruelty and craftiness of poverty’s children makes Fellini’s vitelloni look like the princes they are. No, this is a Dantean netherworld, and, like the central character, it is of interest to Pasolini, prized even, precisely for its refusal of redemption. The filmmaker graces it with his understated visual passion, at once lyrical and honest, not incongruously set to Bach. In the character of Accattone—a street nickname meaning pimp or scrounger—Pasolini introduced the first of his remarkable finds, Franco Citti (brother of his friend and collaborator Sergio Citti), an actor whose rough-hewn beauty is like a slap in the face. (PFA site)

Meet at the PFA at 6:45pm in the auditorium. I'll have a Meetup sign. 

Post film coffee/drinks if people are interested.

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  • Giulia

    Intense and relentless in refusing to make its main character likable, and still managing to keep him interest in his story. With Bernardo Bertolucci as Production assistant and writer Elsa Morante in brief cameo.

    September 20, 2013

  • Em O.

    I'm sorry to have cancelled. Hope it was a good film.

    September 20, 2013

  • Giulia

    I'm in the theater, third row from the top

    September 20, 2013

  • Julie

    Sorry - something's come up.

    September 20, 2013

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