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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Oedipus Rex

Edipo Re

Sophocles meets Freud in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s astonishing reading of the Oedipus myth.

Italy 1967
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
With Franco Citti, Silvana Mangano, Alida Valli, Julian Beck
Running time 104 min

Sophocles meets Freud in Pasolini’s astonishing reading of the Oedipus myth. Franco Citti plays Pasolini-as-Oedipus in an ‘ethnographic’ telling of the ancient tale of a man fated to solve the riddle of the sphinx, kill his own father and marry his own mother. The approach is anything but purist (Moroccan locations, a world music score), while an autobiographical prologue and epilogue bring it all back home to the author.

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