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(aka "Porcile" or "Pigsty" or "Pigpen")

 

directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy 1969

 

PORCILE presents two parallel storylines which comment upon one another. In a possibly medieval, possibly mythical land, a young man (Pierre Clementi, BELLE DE JOUR) has committed patricide and cannibalism and now wanders the deserts consuming unfortunates. He is eventually joined by another cannibal (Franco Citti, ACCATONE) and some young women in a quasi-hippie commune. In modern times (the real world), bourgeois Julian (Jean-Pierre Leaud, TWO ENGLISH GIRLS), the son of former Nazi-turned-industrialist Mr. Klotz (Alberto Lionello, THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND THE ITALIANS) is psychologically paralyzed; he neither loves nor hates his father, he neither rebels nor conforms. He does not aspire to inheriting his father's business nor to the socialist ideals of his equally bourgeois would-be fiancee Ida (Anna Wiazemsky, TEOREMA). Julian instead prefers instead to commune with the livestock of the Klotz's "Italianate" German estate. Caught between his father and fiancee, Julian goes into a self-induced coma; however, Mr. Klotz's industrial legacy is under threat from another ex-Nazi-turned-business rival Herdhitze (Ugo Tognazzi, LA GRANDE BOUFFE).

The third installment of Pasolini's "Mythical Cycle" following MEDEA and OEDIPUS REX, PORCILE anticipates the final installment
TEOREMA both visually and thematically (the desert of TEOREMA recalls the land of the cannibals here and the latter film's country villa is less grand but no less oppressive). Herdhitze has also decided to leave his company to the workers, which is what Massimo Girotti's character does at the opening of TEOREMA. The end result, however, is not as provocative. The cinematography is the combined work of Tonino Delli Colli (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY), Giuseppe Ruzzolini (OEDIPUS REX), and Armando Nannuzzi (THE DAMNED); but it is difficult to discern their individual contributions. Combined with Pasolini collaborators Danilo Donati's costumes and Nino Baragli's editing, the film seems visually drab at first but it gradually reveals stunning images and textures that lend depth and context to the talkier sequences. Benedetto Ghiglia's "commento musicale" is often recorded low in the mix and accents rather than accompanies sequences. Pasolini regulars Laura Betti (TEOREMA) dubbed Margarita Lozano (A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS) - who plays Julian's mother - for the final mix and Ninetto Davoli (HAWKS AND SPARROWS) plays a variation of his usual clown character during the climactic moments of the cannibal storyline.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 1969 (France)

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DVD Review: Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC

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Eureka Video

Region 2 - NTSC

Runtime 1:38:00
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: ~8.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:45)
• Liner Notes Booklet

DVD Release Date: July 23rd 2012
Amaray

Chapters 20

 

Comments

Mastered from a new high-definition transfer, the Masters of Cinema dual-layered, progressive, high-bitrate NTSC Region 2 DVD of PORCILE will be a welcome upgrade to owners of the US Water Bearer disc. The new transfer also appears to be brighter than the previous Tartan DVD and reveals more picture information on all four sides of the frame. The 2-channel Dolby Digital Italian mono audio is encoded at 320 kbps (as opposed to the standard 192 kbps for 2-channel Dolby Digital audio), and is clean enough to discern some of the music cues mixed very low on the track. Other than as subtitled trailer and a liner notes booklet (not included for review but it should be interesting given MoC's other booklets), this is a pretty barebones package.

MoC's releases of PORCILE and
HAWKS AND SPARROWS are DVD-only while OEDIPUS REX will be dual-format.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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