Inspired by the cinema verite documentaries coming out of France (Chronicle of a Summer, Le Joli Mai), Pier Paolo Pasolini took to the streets, camera and microphone in hand, to interrogate working-class Italians on issues of sex, marriage, and gender. The resulting film (1964) documents his own conflicted attitudes toward the working class as much as it does the interviewees’ opinions, as Pasolini drops the pose of objective curiosity to argue with his subjects or bait them into revealing antiquated prejudices. He also engages in philosophical rap sessions with novelist Alberto Moravia and psychoanalyst Cesare Musatti, in hope of better articulating his views on the present state of Italy. However sketchy this might be in its conclusions, it’s a compelling time capsule from a transformative era. In Italian with subtitles.
1 hour 32 min • 1964