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PASOLINI'S “CINEMA OF POETRY”: Why is Pasolini still relevant?

  • 20 Feb 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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In a nod to Italian cinema history and since 2015, it has become a tradition for the annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (Feb. 24 - March 6, 2022), to bring one historical masterpiece of Italian cinema to its audience.

This year, we have chosen to honor the work of influential film director, poet, writer and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasoloni (1922-1975) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth with the screening of his first feature-length documentary Comizi d'amore (Love Meetings, 1964).

Prof. Francesca Cadel will introduce us to Pier Paolo Pasolini's work, his life and the Italian context of the time. Specifically, we will focus on Pasolini's "Cinema of Poetry" and explore the reasons of his long-lasting influence on cinema and society from the 1960s until today. 

Prof. Cadel will also comment on Alberto Moravia’s (famed Italian novelist and journalist, 1907-1990) speech at Pier Paolo Pasolini’s funerals. In Prof. Cadel's regard, Moravia’s speech for Pasolini connects with the fascist murder of his cousins in the 1930s, Carlo and Nello Rosselli, killed in France by Mussolini’s agents, the topic of his very book Il conformista (1951), and Bertolucci’s masterpiece, The Conformist (1970).

Why is Pasolini still relevant? 
Because he’s a poet, and you don’t kill poets like that:

«Non si uccidono i poeti. Poeti così ne nascono tre o quattro nel mondo, ogni cento anni. E quando muoiono è come se morisse con loro un pezzo di umanità».

Alberto Moravia, 1975
(click here to watch the entire speech


Prof. Francesca Cadel (PhD, The Graduate Center; Doctorat, Sorbonne, Paris-IV) teaches Italian and Film Studies at the University of Calgary, in Canada. She published La lingua dei desideri. Il dialetto secondo Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lecce: Manni, 2002; co-edited Poeti con nome di donna, Milano: Rizzoli, 2008; published many articles, translations, and interviews. She co-edited Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino, New York, Farinelli, 2013. She translated from the Italian Franco Berardi, The Soul at Work. From Alienation to Autonomy (with Giuseppina Mecchia), Los Angeles, MIT Press, 2009 and into Italian Clem Martini’s The ComedianIl commediante, Milano: Mimesis, 2021. Her current project is entitled Cultural Landscapes of Post-Fascist Societies: 1945-1993. Italian literature and culture in the years of the Cold War and the Washington Treaty – book manuscript.

The Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul
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