Pasolini

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The Roman life and the imaginary worlds of Pier Paolo Pasolini intermingle in Abel Ferrara’s retelling of the final days in the life of the fifty-year-old filmmaker and writer, in a lovely, haunting film that draws on his last interview and envisages... read more
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The Roman life and the imaginary worlds of Pier Paolo Pasolini intermingle in Abel Ferrara’s retelling of the final days in the life of the fifty-year-old filmmaker and writer, in a lovely, haunting film that draws on his last interview and envisages scenes from an unmade final film and his incomplete novel, Petrolio. Willem Dafoe, regally exhausted, is the spitting image of the murdered director, and Pasolini’s beloved muse Ninetto Davoli returns to “finish” his friend’s work, but Ferrara wisely never attempts to merely ape Pasolini’s style, instead offering one iconoclastic artist’s tribute to another, a biopic that busts the boundaries of the form and a passion project decades in the imagining that gives Pasolini’s final moments on the beach at Ostia the terrible sanctity of the Passion.

Original Release

09/25/2014

US Release

05/10/2019

Cast

Willem Dafoe Pier Paolo Pasolini
Riccardo Scamarcio Ninetto Davoli
Ninetto Davoli Epifanio / Eduardo De Filippo
Valerio Mastandrea Nico Naldini
Maria de Medeiros Laura Betti
Adriana Asti Susanna Pasolini
Giada Colagrande Graziella Chiarcossi / Graziella
Tatiana Luter Woman at Station / Donna lesbica
Roberto Zibetti Carlo
Guillaume Rumiel Braun Interviewer
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Abel Ferrara

Writers

Abel Ferrara, Maurizio Braucci, Nicola Tranquillino

Cast

Willem Dafoe Pier Paolo Pasolini
Riccardo Scamarcio Ninetto Davoli
Ninetto Davoli Epifanio / Eduardo De Filippo
Valerio Mastandrea Nico Naldini
Maria de Medeiros Laura Betti
Adriana Asti Susanna Pasolini
Giada Colagrande Graziella Chiarcossi / Graziella
Tatiana Luter Woman at Station / Donna lesbica
Roberto Zibetti Carlo
Guillaume Rumiel Braun Interviewer
Diego Pagotto Marble Hall Politician
Francesco Siciliano Furio Colombo
Luca Lionello Narrator / Narratore
Salvatore Ruocco Politician / Deputato socialista
Andrea Bosca Andrea Fago
Christian Burruano Policeman #2 / poliziotto
Francesco Acquaroli Aldo Pommidoro
Chiara Caselli Laura Betti / Laura Betti (voce)
Fabrizio Gifuni Pier Paolo Pasolini / Pier Paolo Pasolini (voce)
Adamo Dionisi Guide / Guida Napoletana

Producers

Editors

Fabio Nunziata

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