Abel Ferrara's Pasolini Biopic To Star Willem Dafoe

Abel Ferrara, the cult NYC-based director of The Driller Killer and Bad Lieutenant, is gearing up to make a film about the last days of infamous Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)). 

The film, entitled Pasolini, will see Willem Dafoe play the notorious filmmaker in the days leading up to his violent – and still mysterious – murder, following the release of his highly controversial Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. Dafoe has previously starred in Ferrara's New Rose Hotel, Go Go Tales and 4:44 Last Day On Earth. 

Production is reportedly due to begin this year. In the meantime check out the official synopsis, via cineuropa:

Counting the last days of the life of Pier Paolo Pasolini, November 2, 1975. That day, Pasolini 53 years. In Rome, just back from Sweden, he started looking for her lover, a young prostitute with whom he agrees to a meeting with other "villains" for the next evening. Pasolini finds its cocoon and friends who warn that it must stop writing his inflammatory articles against the Christian Democrats, who have already had the skin of another journalist. But Pasolini wants to denounce "the puppet government", what it costs. 

While we all eagerly await Pasolini, how about watching this great old-school documentary on the director, if only to brush up on your knowledge...

Dafoe's look alike? Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. 

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