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Pasolini (18)

Biography, Drama

A kaleidoscopic look at the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975.

The critical consensus

Energised by a magnetic performance by Dafoe, Ferrara’s film is no normal biopic, benefiting considerably from being as unconventional and intellectually rigorous as the man it portrays.

****(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 07/09/2015

Abel Ferrara has a taste for trouble equal to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s, but this chronicle of the late film-maker’s final hours is surprisingly restrained.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/09/2015

Abel Ferrara's movie recreates 1970s Italy in loving detail.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 11/09/2015

Some indelible moments can’t off-set a generally misjudged approach.

**(*)(*)(*)Nick Newman, Little White Lies, 11/09/2015

Abel Ferrara’s account of the last days of the Italian auteur, played by Willem Dafoe, is beautiful and enigmatic.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 13/09/2015

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday September 11, 2015, until Thursday September 17, 2015. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday September 25, 2015, until Thursday October 1, 2015. More info:

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