FILM 101

MoMA Celebrates Gay Filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini With Cinema Retrospective

The Museum of Modern Art will present Pier Paolo Pasolini, a full retrospective celebrating the filmmaker’s cinematic output, from December 13, 2012 through January 5, 2013, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

According to MoMA’s press release:

Pasolini’s film legacy is distinguished by an unerring eye for cinematic composition and tone, and a stylistic ease within a variety of genres—many of which he reworked to his own purposes, and all of which he invested with his distinctive touch. Yet, it is Pasolini’s unique genius for creating images that evoke the inner truths of his own brief life that truly distinguish his films. This comprehensive retrospective presents Pasolini’s celebrated films with newly struck prints by Luce Cinecittà after a careful work of two years, many shown in recently restored versions.

Pasolini was openly gay from the outset of his career thanks to a sex scandal that banished him from his hometown of Bologna to live in Rome. Despite this distinction, he never considered himself a “gay artist” and rarely dealt with homosexuality in his films. Pasolini was allegedly murdered by a hustler in 1975, though recent evidence suggests he may have been murdered by an extortionist.

Pier Paolo Pasolini is co-produced by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Luce Cinecittà, Rome. You can find out more about the exhibit here.