Matera 2019: Pasolini's Orient in show on Villa's photos

The exhibition curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Salvo Nugnes

23 September, 13:03

    (ANSAmed) - MATERA, SEPTEMBER 23 - The oriental atmosphere of Pier Paolo Pasolini's movie ''Le mille e una notte'', in which the director outlined his idealization of the Third World, will be on display in Matera, the 2019 European capital of culture, with a number of photos never shown to the public, as part of the exhibit ''Il fiore delle mille e una notte. Cinema e cultura dal 1973. L'Oriente di Pasolini nelle foto e cinema''(The flower of one thousand and one nights. Cinema and culture from 1973.

    Pasolini's Orient in photos and cinema) by photographer Roberto Villa.

    The exhibit, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and the president of Spoleto Arte, Salvo Nugnes, describes with a sequence of photos in color and black and white - snapped by Villa - the intensity and simplicity of a film in which the sexual freedom described by the director is neither morbid nor obscene but a symbol of the purity of sentiments.

    The show - which can be visited until October 6 at the gallery Sax Art, in the districts Sassi, where in 1964 the movie ''Il Vangelo Second Matteo'' (The Gospel according to Matthew) was filmed - also showcases a black and white photo portraying Pasolini while posing in 1973 in front of the mosque of Isfahan (Iran). ''It is the photo I am most attached to - stressed Villa - because it is the only one in which Pier Paolo is looking at the camera and smiling. He was actually smiling to me for a joke during one of our conversations on the language of cinema''. The show, which comes from Grado, where the 50 years of Medea were celebrated, another work by Pasolini, also showcases panels and billboards of other works by the director. (ANSAmed)
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