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Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Produced: 1964

Countries & Regions: Italy

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 15

Length: 117 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray

Region: Region B

Released: 26 March 2012

Cat No: EKA70045

Languages(s): Italian
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Accattone / Comizi d'Amore (Masters of Cinema)

Cast: Adriana Asti , Franco Citti , Mario Cipriani , Renato Capogna , Umberto Bevilacqua , Silvana Corsini , Piero Morgia , Franca Pasut , Paolo Guidi

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Double bill of features from the acclaimed Italian film maker, poet and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. ’Accattone’ (1961) is a film... Read More




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Double bill of features from the acclaimed Italian film maker, poet and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. ’Accattone’ (1961) is a film about street life and prostitution that employs a near-documentary style and non-professional actors. Franco Citti plays Accattone, a pimp who survives on the money brought in by Maddalena (Silvana Corsini). When he loses the services of Maddalena, Accattone is forced into an existential crisis, begging money and revisiting estranged relations. A change in outlook appears to be on the cards for the pimp - until he meets a beautiful and naive country girl, Stella (Franca Pasut). ’Comizi d-amore’ (1964) is a feature-length documentary in which Pasolini sets out to find out about Italian attitudes to sex. He interviews people of numerous ages and backgrounds on their attitude to things as diverse as virginity, homosexuality and prostitution and presents a thesis on Italian sexuality.

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.

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