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Pasolini (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Pasolini may frustrate viewers seeking a straightforward biopic, but director Abel Ferrara's unconventional approach is well-matched by Willem Dafoe's performance.

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Abel Ferrara documents the final day in the life of Italian writer, director, and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini in this deeply reflective biopic starring Willem Dafoe. The year is 1975. The fiercely political Pasolini (Dafoe) is in the process of defending his latest film Salo, 120 Days of Sodom from the censors when he returns home to his mother's house in Rome, and prepares to discuss his career in a candid interview. In the midst of all of this inspiration strikes, and Pasolini begins making preparations for his next film. Meanwhile, the director takes a handsome young hustler to a local beach for a late night tryst, never sensing the danger that dwells out there in the darkness until it's already too late. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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It may be only one man's version of what many have speculated about... but in its clear-eyed grittiness, it's also a tribute from a filmmaker for whom the night's temptations were ripe and its dangers legion.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Ferrara... straining toward the sublime, stumbles into vulgarity.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Reluctantly takes its place in a cinema of admonition that turns human lives lived against oppressive opposition into simplistic warnings against having sex on the beach. The man deserves better.

May 10, 2019 | Full Review…
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One of the most intuitive and mysterious movie biographies made in a while.

May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Part hero worship, part true-crime tragedy and completely of a piece with its creator's obsessions over the spiritual and the sordid.

May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

As exquisitely detailed and historically accurate as many of its scenes are, "Pasolini" is less concerned with the realistic reconstruction of the past than with communicating a mood in the present.

May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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