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Salvatore Giuliano – Francesco Rosi (1962)

“The trailer for Salvatore Giuliano (1962) begins with a town crier walking down a Sicilian street, banging a drum. This is followed by a group of men distributed across the town square, one playing a Jew’s harp. The crier is … Continue reading

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La commare secca – Bernardo Bertolucci (1962)

“The above are the building blocks of an Italian cinema masterpiece, written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci based on a story by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The backdrop story is that Bertolucci has started his career assisting Pasolini in his first … Continue reading

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1968: The season of planting is not the season of harvest

“French intellectuals of a certain age tend to divide their lives into two parts – ‘before May’ and ‘after May’. Philosopher Jacques Rancière defined May 1968 as a political moment which ‘signals the very essence of politics.’ Twenty years later, … Continue reading

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Remembering Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini at Antonio Gramsci’s tomb, 1970. “The day after Pier Paolo Pasolini’s violent 1975 murder, L’Unità, the Italian Communist Party’s (PCI) newspaper, described him as ‘vero militante,’ a true militant. Just a few decades prior, a column in … Continue reading

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Accattone – Pier Paolo Pasolini (1961)

“Accattone is a 1961 Italian drama film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Despite being filmed from an original screenplay, Accattone is often perceived as a cinematic rendition of Pasolini’s earlier novels, particularly The Ragazzi and A Violent Life. … Continue reading

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