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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents a MFAH Film: Pier Paolo Pasolini Retrospective.Each fall, the MFAH hosts a celebration of Italian cinema. These retrospectives feature restored 35mm film prints from the archive of Rome’s legendary Cinecittà, presented in partnership with the Italian Consul General of Houston, the Institute of Italian Culture in Los Angeles, and generous local sponsors and community partners.For 2013 the MFAH joins a national U.S. tour to reconsider the singular vision of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975). The Houston screenings are presented in partnership with Rice Cinema, where Pasolini’s "Trilogy of Life" films screen October 4–6.All films are directed by Pasolini and presented in Italian with English subtitles. Film descriptions provided by MFAH Films summer intern, Sara Balabanlilar.“The meaning of Pasolini remains undecipherable, ambiguous, suspended. A lapsed Catholic who never lost his religious worldview and a lifelong Marxist who was expelled from the Communist Party for being gay, Pasolini was an artist and thinker who tried not to resolve his contradictions but rather to embody them fully. With his gift for polemics and taste for scandal, he was routinely hauled up on blasphemy and obscenity charges and attacked by those on the left and the right.” —New York TimesHawks and Sparrows
Uccellacci e Uccellini Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1965–66, in Italian with English subtitles
35mmWorking with celebrated Italian comic Totò, Pier Paolo Pasolini constructs an episodic fable that is whimsical and political.A strolling father and son are confronted by a talking raven who, using parables, attempts to make the pair understand how their behavior has been shaped by capitalism. They travel back in time to meet St. Francis and return to the present full of knowledge and inspiration, only to become disillusioned by life’s realities.Pasolini said, “I chose Totò because of his double nature. On the one hand he is a Neapolitan, and on the other a straightforward clown. Put together, these two characteristics served me to form the character I needed.”This retrospective has been organized in partnership with Luce Cinecittà, Rome (Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero) and Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna (Roberto Chiesi). It is presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy. This event is part of the celebrations of the Year of the Italian Culture in the United States.