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Pasolini: Death of a Poet
Film Essays

Pasolini: Death of a Poet

“We have lost a poet,” lamented Italian novelist Alberto Moravia as he hovered over his friend’s casket, “and only three or four poets are born each century.” It was November of 1975, and Pier Paolo Pasolini was dead. While known primarily in the West for his films, Pasolini was a multifaceted artist, inhabiting every intellectual arena–from … Continue reading

The Hippie Noir
Film Essays

The Hippie Noir

The first frame in Robert Altman’s anti-genre neo-noir The Long Goodbye, adapted from Raymond Chandler’s book of the same name, is of an etching with the word “Hollywood” clearly inscribed into it. This introduces the L.A. setting of the movie and alludes to the home of American filmmaking, thus making clear this is a self-conscious … Continue reading