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DOUBLE FEATURE: THE DECAMERON (IL DECAMERON), 1970, & OEDIPUS REX, 1967
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Address: Aero Theater 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (323) 466-3456
Cost: $11 general admission, $9 Student/Senior, $7 for Cinematheque Members.
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Friday, May 17 – 7:30 PM PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Double Feature: THE DECAMERON (Il DECAMERON), 1970, Park Circus/MGM, 111 min. This bawdy comedy is among director Pier Paolo Pasolini's most popular films. Based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s classic novel, the first film in Pasolini’s “Trilogy of Life” established the raw, visceral feeling of the series, using gorgeous period locations and combining equal parts poetry, social satire, slapstick and sexuality into a unique living tapestry. Pasolini himself appears as a Renaissance artist, “one of Giotto’s best students,” hired to paint an enormous fresco on the wall of a church. With Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti and Angela Luce. In Italian with English subtitles.
OEDIPUS REX, 1967, Compass Films, 104 min. Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini. The first of four films that make up Pasolini’s “Mythical Cycle,” OEDIPUS REX adapts Sophocles’ Greek tragedy in startlingly literal terms. In prewar Italy, the infant Edipo is abandoned in the desert by his jealous father, at which point the film transitions to Pasolini’s breathtaking ancient Greece. Raised by adopted parents who happen to be the king and queen of Corinth, the young orphan soon leaves his comfortable refuge, attempting to outrun a prophesy that foretells that he will one day kill his father in order to marry his mother. Featuring impressive set and costume design as well as unforgettable sword fights, OEDIPUS REX is a stunning adaptation of Greek mythology. In Italian and Romanian with English subtitles.
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