(out of 5)

Original title:  Porcile

Alternate title:  Pigsty

Pier Paolo Pasolini at his most experimental, and ultimately most difficult. The film runs two story lines side by side: in one,  is a soldier of what seem to be mythical times, roaming the beautiful landscape of Mt. Etna and eating the humans he encounters. In the other,  is the son of a Nazi industrialist who lives in a giant Italian villa and instead of marrying the girl that he loves () or following in his father’s footsteps, instead prefers the company of pigs, which doesn’t go over well with the townspeople. The first story features unappetizing imagery but goes over better: the panoramic shots of gorgeous green and long shots of battle-ready extras roaming the hills against near-perfect silence are breathtakingly beautiful, while the modern story focuses far too much on dull conversations between Leaud’s father and his business collaborator. Pasolini has a lot to say with this one, but so many scenes are too clinical and it is highly unlikely that any but the most devoted fans will care to work it all out.

I Film Dell’Orso, Internazionale Nembo Distribuzione Importazione Esportazione Film, IDI Cinematografica, C.A.P.A.C.

Italy/France, 1969

Directed by

Screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Cinematography by , ,

Produced by

Music by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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