The Resurrection of the BodyPier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade

The Resurrection of the BodyPier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade

Armando Maggi

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226501345

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Italian novelist, poet, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was brutally killed in Rome in 1975, a macabre end to a career that often explored humanity's capacity for violence and cruelty. Along with the mystery of his murderer's identity, Pasolini left behind a controversial but acclaimed oeuvre as well as a final quartet of beguiling projects that signaled a radical change in his aesthetics and view of reality. This book is an interpretation of these final works: the screenplay Saint Paul, the scenario for Porn-Theo-Colossal, the immense and unfinished novel Petrolio, and his notorious final film, 120 Days of Sodom, a disturbing adaptation of the writings of the Marquis de Sade. Together these works, the author contends, reveal Pasolini's obsession with sodomy and its role within his apocalyptic view of Western society. Exploring the ramifications of Pasolini's homosexuality, the book also breaks new ground by putting his work into fruitful conversation with an array of other thinkers such as Freud, Strindberg, Swift, Henri Michaux, and Norman O. Brown.