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Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

1970-1974, in Italian with English subtitles


86 minutes




Short Films 2

NOTES FOR AN AFRICAN ORESTEIA / APPUNTI PER UN’ORESTIADE AFRICANA (1970, 73 min., in Italian with English subtitles) Although the African Oresteia film itself was never created, this footage was gleaned from searches for locations and visual motifs on site in Africa, which Pasolini felt had reached a similar turning point to Argos at the time of Orestes. The film features a soundtrack by jazz legend Gato Barbieri. Pasolini said, “In my Appunti, one passes from a barbarous world, still prey to Eumenides, to a world that is marching toward socialism.”

THE WALLS OF SANA’A / LE MURA DI SANA’A (1971-74, 13 min., in Italian) This short film was created with the sense of an appeal to UNESCO: Pasolini fell in love with Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a while making The Decameron, but saw the results of rapid construction and the chaotic path toward consumerism. In Sana’a, Pasolini attacks the idea of progress that has no historical context.