Pasolini: heaven and earth
in Cinema – Italy
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Pier Paolo Pasolini began his carrier as a writer with the novel Ragazzi di vita/The Ragazzi resulted in a scandal that would accompany his every gesture in the future. His relationship with the cinema began in the mid-1950s as a scriptwriter. His first film, Accattone, was followed by Mamma Roma. Among the various aspects and themes of his activities, this chapter focuses on a recurrent pattern in his writing and his films, and the accord and contrast between heaven and earth. Images of heaven and earth, of their closeness and contrast, constitute the scene of origins in Pasolini's poetry; in his 'philosophy', that scene is the natural, primitive one before history and civilization, a sacred scene of birth and death, of the beginning and the end. In the Friulian poems from La meglio gioventu, heaven and earth constitute a singular Arcadian scene, an idyllic place simultaneously affirmed and negated.

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