|PORCILE (PIGSTY) (director/writer: Pier Paolo Pasolini; cinematographers: Tonino Delli Colli/Armando Nannuzzi/Giuseppe Ruzzolini; editor: Nino Baragli; music: Benedetto Ghiglia; cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud (Julian), Alberto Lionello (Klotz), Ugo Tognazzi (Herdhitze), Pierre Clementi (Young Cannibal), Marco Ferreri (Hans Günther), Margherita Lozano (Madame Klotz), Anne Wiazemsky (Ida); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Gian Vittorio Baldi; Water Bearer Films; 1969-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
self-indulgent satire to enjoy."
by Dennis Schwartz
self-indulgent satire to enjoy or take in without
wincing at how ridiculous is the parable Pier Paolo
Reaper"/"Mama Roma") lays on us, and how outrageously
he attacks the 20th century European middle-class.
opens with the soldier cannibal (Pierre
Clementi) in a medieval wasteland, surviving by
eating butterflies and snakes. The pic then cuts to
contemporary Germany and to a palatial manor where
Julian Klotz (Jean-Pierre Leaud,
dubbed into Italian), the daffy young bourgeois and
son of crippled ex-Nazi industrialist Klotz
exclaims to his 17-year-old girlfriend beauty Ida (Anne
Wiazemsky, dubbed into Italian) that he
prefers to fly kites than to be with her and is more
attracted to pigs--a price he will pay dearly for.
Meanwhile at the manor, Klotz, pining for the days
of Grosz and Brecht, entertains war
profiteer Herdhitze (Ugo Tognazzi),
a fellow successful ex-Nazi businessman.
The cannibal's story intertwines with Julian's, as they both become sacrificial victims of their different societies.
It's a weird, grotesque and silly one, filmed with great skill so that its disgusting aspects seem like quite the thing. It's one of Pasolini's lesser films, but manages to reflect the European student revolutionary times of that period.
REVIEWED ON 3/25/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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