Each fall, the MFAH hosts a celebration of Italian cinema. These retrospectives feature restored 35mm prints from the archive of Rome’s legendary Cinecittà, presented in partnership with the Italian Consul General of Houston, the Institute of Italian Culture in Los Angeles, and generous local sponsors and community partners.
For the eighth annual event in 2013, the MFAH joins a national U.S. tour to reconsider the singular vision of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975). The Houston screenings are presented in partnership with Rice Cinema, where Pasolini’s "Trilogy of Life" films run October 4–6. All films are directed by Pasolini and presented in Italian with English subtitles.
“The meaning of Pasolini remains undecipherable, ambiguous, suspended. A lapsed Catholic who never lost his religious worldview and a lifelong Marxist who was expelled from the Communist Party for being gay, Pasolini was an artist and thinker who tried not to resolve his contradictions but rather to embody them fully. With his gift for polemics and taste for scandal, he was routinely hauled up on blasphemy and obscenity charges and attacked by those on the left and the right.” —New York Times
Coproduced by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Luce Cinecittà, Rome; and Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini/Cineteca di Bologna.
Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy. Special thanks to the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles.
This event is part of the celebrations of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.