This week's arts and culture piece begins like this:
Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), was an Italian filmmaker, writer and poet.
Part intellectual, part peasant; part Marxist, part broken-hearted Catholic, as a youth, he sold his novels and poetry on the streets of Rome. He knew that power always tends to the right. He was gay without making a campaign out of it.
He was once arrested for lewd public acts, he was a constant target for the tabloid press, and his work became increasingly darker and controversial as he aged (“Salò,” his last film, is considered by many to be unwatchable).
He was murdered in 1975, brutally beaten and run over multiple times by his own Alfa Romeo in a late-night pick-up gone wrong.
And he made at least one movie for which alone he should be awarded the crown of stars: “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” (1964).
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