DIRECTOR: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
CAST: FRANCO CITTI, SILVANA CORSINI
Pasolini’s debut shocked Italian society not merely in its subject matter—the depiction of a small-time Roman pimp, going about his rounds and dealing with threats to his business—but for its manner of execution, something very distinct from the neorealist tradition to date. Pasolini elevates his grimly handsome pimp (Franco Citti) to something like a Caravaggio saint, his misadventures scored to the liturgical strain of Bach. If the scandalous quality of this conflation of the sacred and profane has somewhat faded, the beauty of the film has not.
Three screenings only