PASOLINI MASTERS OF CINEMA
Alright lads I’m starting a new series, what will be the last one for now. I’m really interested in talking about directors who are considered as The Masters Of Cinema.
This episode is about Pier Paolo Pasolini. I will be covering his last two films before his death in 1975.
ARABIAN NIGHTS 1974
Arabian Nights is the third film in Pasolini’s trilogy of life, and in my opinion the best.
The film begins with a young man's search for his slave girl lover, who has been abducted. Along the way, several stories from "The Arabian Nights" are told.
This is one the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen, this film comes across as some weird, obscure dream. It’s shot like your witnessing a dream. The director doesn’t shy away from the beautiful,natural Landscape, the film being shot using natural light. “The complete truth is not in one dream, but in several." This quote from Pasolini, for me sums up the themes of this film.
Be warned this is a quite erotic film, but with the wonderful cinematography and the rich and interesting story it doesn’t look like a sleazy grindhouse film.
This is a rich, beautiful, breathtaking masterpiece.
Alright lads let’s move on to considered one of the most disturbing, depressing films of all time.
Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom 1975
The story is about four powerful and fascist men that, with four former prostitutes they kidnap a number of adolescent men and women to torture them sadistically.
I know what your wondering, is it disturbing? Fuck yes. It’s not disturbing in a August Underground, Human Centipede.
The gruelling, mental and physical torture committed by powerful men really fucked with my mind. The bleak and hopefulness of the film is utterly disturbing.
The film is split into 3 parts, the circle of blood, the circle of shit and the circle of death.
The circle obviously involving poo poo and the consumption of the poo poo. Yep pretty disgusting, but with the beautiful cinematography you can’t look away.
The films conclusion is one of the most bleakest piece of cinema I’ve ever seen.
Oh and by the way the director was apparently murdered for making this film.