Softcover with dust jacket, 607 pages, 22 x 22 cm. Text in Italian
Colossal volume on Pasolini's cinematographic oeuvre; 2000 film stills ranged under the categories of “bodies” and “places”, with analysis and a compilation of texts by Pasolini. The most Pasolinian publication to date in terms of both content and form, as well as an indispensable tool for research, not just an illustrated book but a unique model of critique.
“The Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini are without doubt established within cinematic history as a catalogue of revolt, social and political criticism, but also of a blinding and searing metaphorical spectacle for a mind trapped between body and spirit with all the desires that occur in between, whether political, erotic, or horrific bear weight within the larger context of the medium. The idea of the excessive or transgressive spiritual exists in films such as “Salo”, “The Gospel According to St. Mathew”, and also “Accattone”. The scandalous nature of these films and the author’s communist (later exiled from said group) anti-globalist leanings in an age of rapid change and its distortion of traditional culture combined to create one of the most vociferous and anxious bodies of work in Italian or International cinematic culture and its histories.” - American Suburb X