Pier Paolo Pasolini Volume Two

Pier Paolo Pasolini Volume Two

DVD Rating: ***1/2

Reviewed by: Ben Silllis

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Ben Sillis writes:Notes For A Film On India (34 minutes) - despite Pasolini’s protestations that it is not a documentary - quite clearly is. As in the Hawks And Sparrows, Pasolini tries to skewer a whole range of themes in too short a space of time – religion, caste, poverty, politics, overpopulation - but he raises some interesting points along the way. Communism and its different elements come to the fore again, Maoism especially, but quite where the director’s own stance lies is hard to say.

There are certain elements of patronising cynicism, however, particularly when he tries to find religious men willing to sacrifice their bodies to hungry tigers, as an old legend records, as if to suggest that Hinduism has since become corrupt. You can’t help but feel that his camera isn’t looking too kindly on one interviewee who stresses this is an allegory rather than to be interpreted literally.

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Keith Hennessey Brown writes: The DVD looks and sounds fine and the subtitles are clear; the picture is actually better than some of Tartan's releases for more recent films.

Caro Ness writers: Short documentary The Walls of Sana’a is a direct appeal to UNESCO to halt the destruction of the stunningly beautiful capital city of the Yemen by corrupt western influences. As with the film Pigsty, Pasolini only needed to let the images speak for themselves without the exhaustively didactic lecture.

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2007
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Collection of films by the Italian director, including Pigsty, Oedipus Rex and Hawks And Sparrows.
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Product Code: TVD3734

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.78:1 anamorphic

Sound: Dolby Digital

Extras: Bonus footage, Copy of Pasolini's novel, 'Ragazzo', Notes for a film on India, The Walls of Sana'a

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