Stupendous, miserable city: Pasolini's Rome

Rhodes, John David (2007) Stupendous, miserable city: Pasolini's Rome. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis. ISBN 9780816649303

Full text not available from this repository.


An Italian film radical shown in rich context for the first time. John David Rhodes places the city of Rome at the center of this original and in-depth examination of the work of Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolinibut its not the classical Rome you imagine. Stupendous, Miserable City situates Pasolini within the history of twentieth-century Roman urban development. The book focuses first on the Fascist period, when populations were moved out of the urban center and into public housing on the periphery of the city, called the borgate, and then turns to the progressive social housing experiments of the 1950s. These environments were the settings of most of Pasolinis films of the early to mid-1960s. Discussing films such as Accattone, Mamma Roma, and The Hawks and the Sparrows, Rhodes shows how Pasolini used the borgate to critique Roman urban planning and neorealism and to draw attention to the contemptuous treatment of Romes poor. To Pasolini, the borgate, rich in human incident, linguistic difference, and squalor, were lifeand now his passion can be appreciated fully for the first time. Carefully tracing Pasolinis surprising engagement with this part of Rome and looking beyond his films to explore the interrelatedness of all of Pasolinis artistic output in the 1950s and 1960sincluding his poetry, fiction, and journalismRhodes opens up completely new ways of understanding Pasolinis work and proves how connected Pasolini was to the political and social upheavals in Italy at the time.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: JohnDavid Rhodes
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:04
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 12:23
📧 Request an update