Venice’s International Film Festival is awarding Roberto Benigni this year’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. Announcing the award, the festival called Benigni a model of transgressive filmmaking. In fact, for decades, the Life Is Beautiful star has symbolized how onetime radicals turn into purveyors of conformist schmaltz.
Luca Peretti is a visiting assistant professor at Ohio State University. He works on Italian media, film history, and Italian cultural history. He is co-editor of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Framed and Unframed: A Thinker for the Twenty-First Century.
Italy’s illustrious Marxist filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci died last week. His films explored the death of the bourgeoisie; his legacy points us to the death of the chauvinist male auteur.
A look at the life and politics of Pier Paolo Pasolini, heterodox communist.