- Birthday, Film, Quotes

“We survive, in the confusion of a life reborn beyond reason.”

Happy birthday, Pier Paolo Pasolini!  Here are some quotes and film stills from the filmmaker.

“If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.”

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, 1975

“The mark which has dominated all my work is this longing for life, this sense of exclusion, which doesn’t lessen but augments this love of life.”

“The revolution is now just a sentiment.”

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Arabian Nights, 1974

“I am not interested in deconsecrating: this is a fashion I hate, it is petit-bourgeois. I want to reconsecrate things as much as possible, I want to re-mythicize them.”

“Nothing remains but to hope the end will come to extinguish the unrelenting pain of waiting for it.”

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Mamma Roma, 1962

“Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous.”

“We survive, in the confusion of a life reborn beyond reason.”

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The Canterbury Tales, 1972,

“I think to scandalize is a right, to be scandalized is a pleasure, and those who refuse to be scandalized are moralists.”

 

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John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.
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