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Pasolini: The Erotic Films

Pasolini: The Erotic Films
SAN FRANCISCO  •  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  •  Ongoing
The release of new prints of Pier Paolo Pasolini's last four films provides the occasion to appraise one of cinema's most controversial artists. A prolific filmmaker, screenwriter, essayist, poet, critic and novelist, Pasolini (1922–1975) was drawn to people on the fringes of society. A self-described Catholic-Marxist, his personal life and politics were inseparable from his impassioned poetic vision. The films of his acclaimed Trilogy of Life,Decameron, Canterbury Tales, and Arabian Nights, based on a literary classic of the same title, preceded his planned "anti-trilogy of life." The first and only film made in the trilogy was Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975), completed just before his murder in Rome by a street punk. During his lifetime his challenging films were condemned and frequently banned for their raw sexuality, casual violence and rejection of middle-class values. But their impact and influence has only grown with time, and are now celebrated for their pivotal place in independent world cinema.

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