The Walls of Sana’a and Notes for an African Oresteia

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<i>Notes for an African Oresteia</i>. 1970. Italy. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • The Walls of Sana’a

    1971–74. Italy. Pier Paolo Pasolini. 13 min.

  • Notes for an African Oresteia

    1970. Italy. Pier Paolo Pasolini. 73 min.

Saturday, December 22, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
  • The Walls of Sana’a

    1971–74. Italy. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. “Sana’a, like all of the Third World for Pasolini, was two things, an intact, sublimely beautiful medieval Arab city of the past, and a corrupted, degraded city being developed in the present. In 1971, Pasolini made [this] film in the form of a plea to UNESCO to save Sana’a from the destruction of modernisation” (Sam Rohdie, The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1995). In Italian; English subtitles. 13 min.

  • Notes for an African Oresteia

    1970. Italy. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. “Notes for an African Oresteia documents on film his 1970 location hunting and local casting tour of Tanzania and Uganda for a never-realized feature adaptation of the Greek tragedy The Oresteia. (…) The concept is to set The Oresteia in Africa circa 1960, when many colonies were following Ghana’s lead in achieving independence. Pasolini saw the play’s transformation of the Furies into the Eumenides paralleling Africa moving from tribalism to democracy” (Variety, January 21, 1981). In Italian; English subtitles. 73 min.

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Image: Notes for an African Oresteia. 1970. Italy. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini