Pasolini’s Language of Reality; Digesting a Polemical Life
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On the heels of the complete Pasolini retrospective at MoMA (12/13/12-1/5/13), filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane and Louis-Georges Schwartz, a scholar who works at Ohio University’s School of Film, endeavor to digest (in the implacable Swiftian sense) Pasolini’s political aesthetics, or, as he himself described it, “the language of reality”. Engaging directly with the archival material surrounding Pasolini’s murder in 1975 two films by Crane and Alfredo Jaar investigate Pasolini’s prescient and foundational critique of consumer capitalism. In an effort to entice “the angel of history” to look over its shoulder towards the future, this open discussion takes on many current issues at the intersection of politics, poetics and cultural critique.