PASOLINI (2014) by Abel Ferrara
“To scandalise is a right, to be scandalised is a pleasure”
The director Abel Ferrara (“The Funeral”) pays tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini with this disorganized film which only gives a hint of the provocative and outrageous character of the Italian filmmaker.
The action focuses on his last two days of life and at the same time it recreates passages of the last and unfinished film project which did not premiered and responded to his unique identity signs. However, the narrative structure, in its eagerness to give a dreamlike and poetic touch to this unique portrait, turns out to be pretentious and tiresome.
The script is dominated by introspection, failing to convey the vehemence and the passion of this controversial filmmaker, whom Willem Dafoe embodies.
The filmmaker from New York presents a biased biopic, which includes the fatal final of the character, recreated in a brutal way, although without taking advantage of its potential.
Next to the meritorious performance of the protagonist, the technical sections that recreate exactly what Rome was like in the mid-70s deserve a special mention, with soft, melancholic photography that fits what should have been the setting for a more bewitching plot.
It is Art House Cinema too exclusive and full of artistic onanism that only few people will like, despite having been selected for various prestigious film festivals.
Traducido por: Carlota Sánchez García