Pasolini: An Italian Crime (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Pasolini: Un Delitto Italiano

Italy/France, 1995.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, CGG Leopold Srl, Numero Cinque Srl, Flach Film.  Screenplay by Marco Tullio Giordana, , , based on the novel Vita di Pasolini by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Celebrated Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo, Accattone) had his prolific life ended abruptly when he was found bludgeoned to death in his car near a local beach outside of Rome. The story that has survived to this day is that he picked up a prostitute who did the deed (Pasolini was well known for his penchant for rough trade), though this film begs to differ as to the circumstances. It shows the investigation from the time of the murder, after the police pick up the young boy who is accused of killing him and on to his trial where the possibility of his having had help from others is explored. Political conspiracy is the root of the questioning here, with Pasolini’s enemy-breeding writing being suggested as the cause of his downfall. The film’s detective mystery is never captivating, but it is intriguing and sheds a lot of light on the man behind the mystery.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1995

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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