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A Certain Realism: Making Use of Pasolini's Film Theory and Practice

Maurizio Viano. A Certain Realism: Making Use of Pasolini's Film Theory and Practice Authors:Maurizio Viano.
Publisher:University of California Press
Price:1809 rub.

Book Summary:
Pier Paolo Pasolini was arguably the most complex director of postwar Italian cinema. His films - Accattone, The Canterbury Tales, Medea, Salo - continue to challenge and entertain new generations of moviegoers. A leftist, a homosexual, and a distinguished writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism, Pasolini once claimed that "a certain realism" informed his filmmaking. Masterfully combining analyses of Pasolini's literary and theoretical writings and of all his films, Maurizio Viano offers the first thorough study of Pasolini's cinematic realism, in theory and in practice. He finds that Pasolini's cinematic career exemplifies an "expressionistic realism" that acknowledges its subjective foundation instead of striving for an impossible objectivity. Focusing on the personal and expressionistic dimensions of Pasolini's cinema, Viano also argues that homosexuality is present in the films in ways that critics have thus far failed to acknowledge. Sure to generate controversy...

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