Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Running time: 104 minute
Pasolini's Oedipus Rex (1967), a reinterpretation of Sophocles' classic Greek tragedy, is his 5th film and his first foray into colour. An epic, semi-autobiographical tale imbued with the polemical director's characteristic poetry and style, it stars Franco Citti as Oedipus, the child who has been prophesied at birth to murder his father and marry his mother. Pasolini begins and ends his Oedipal tale in Fascist Italy before switching, abruptly, to Ancient Greece, replete with fantastical costumes and barren landscapes which were shot over a summer in the expanses of the Moroccan desert. The director's overt, personal politics meant that his films' subtexts were frequently critical of the increasing commercialisation and homogenisation of contemporary Italy. A champion of its dialect-speaking, pre-industrial past, his works probe the decay and degeneration that he saw in its modern incarnation. Coming after the series of 'Rome' films, but before the director's great 'Trilogy of Life', it provided, along with Medea, the framework of classical myth to be used as a window onto the present. Oedipus Rex's beautiful and brutal imagery remains as powerfully effective today as it was at the time of its release and its minimalist dialogue and probing pyschological insight affirm its place in the history of avant-garde cinema.
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