Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Pier Paolo Pasolini was hired to create a docudrama comprising current event news footage accompanied by his narration. The result, according to the opening narration of this collection of documents, was that the producers split the film in two and hired another, far more conservative filmmaker to present more than one perspective (and possibly quell any outcry that Pasolini’s side might inspire). In this restoration, Giuseppe Bertolucci has gotten rid of the other half of the experience and presented Pasolini’s full, uncut original, followed by a welcome collection of film clips involving the memorialized poet and image maker in his artistic and political life. It’s above the status of a DVD special feature, particularly if you’re a Pasolini fan, but even if you are not there is a time-capsule nature to the footage that will prevent anyone from being too bored.