Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Countries & Regions: Italy
Length: 117 mins
Region: Region B
Released: 26 March 2012
Cat No: EKA70045
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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Accattone / Comizi d'Amore (Masters of Cinema)
Double bill of features from the acclaimed Italian film maker, poet and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. ’Accattone’ (1961) is a film... Read More
Pier Paolo Pasolini was an established novelist, poet and screenwriter when he turned to filmmaking in his late thirties, and so Accattone isn't like most other debuts. Indeed, his assistant Bernardo Bertolucci observed that Pasolini seemed to be reinventing film grammar from scratch: he'd treat a close-up as though it was the first ever shot, justifying to himself why he was doing it. All of which makes Accattone an unusually confident piece of work for a notional beginner: set in the sun-scorched slums of suburban Rome, it's named after the title character ('Sponger'), a pimp who is forced to re-evaluate his life after his only source of income is arrested, but who refuses to even consider working for a living.
A return to the same milieu as Pasolini's novels 'Ragazzi di vita' and 'Una vita violenta', the neo-realists would have favoured this material too, but Pasolini doesn't moralise or sentimentalise. Accattone is who he is, aided considerably by a vivid performance by the non-professional Franco Citti, who drew heavily on his own street background.