Pasolini's "Oedipus"

On the subject of Pasolini: his 1967 film version of Oedipus Rex is remarkably effective given that he all but jettisons Sophocles’ text, sets the beginning and end of the story in present-day Italy (the rest takes place in nondescript antiquity), and employs actors whose range is, shall we say, limited.  It may be a testament to the source material that its tragic power withstands the flat affect of Pasolini’s treatment.  Or, rather—as is the case with Pasolini’s Saint Matthew—the straight-forwardness and the unfussiness of his style somehow lays bare the raw flesh and bone of the story in ways that a glossier interpretation would not have been able to do. 

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