2019 | Abel Ferrara | USA // Italy | English // Italian | 87 min | NR
Willem Dafoe gives a stunning performance as Pier Paolo Pasolini in Pasolini, which chronicles the last days in the life of Italian film director and writer, and whose body was found on the beaches of Ostia on the morning of November 3, 1975.
An openly gay communist intellectual who didn’t always follow the party line, he had faced censorship and charges of obscenity since the publication of his first novel, Ragazzi Di Vita, in 1955, and had become a prominent figure in Italy’s culture wars. At the time of his death, he was also being extorted by an unknown party. Pasolini’s murder remains the subject of much speculation — who would go so far as to kill an artist?