This type book highlights Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Through his work, he demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, becoming a highly controversial figure in the process.
The book focuses on two of his most famous films, Accattone (1961) and Mamma Roma (1962). After watching these films and collecting stills to be used in the book, I noticed some common threads throughout.
Through plot lines: There is a reoccurring theme of love, loss, prostitution, rejection, and Christianity. After learning more about Pasolini's personal life and beliefs, I found that he was rejected throughout his career because of his homosexuality and lack of professional film education or experience. He was also discredited in his choice of actors- he often pulled people from the streets to perform as amateurs. I also found the visual references to Christianity proved to be contradictory to his own religious beliefs, although he was artistically obsessed with it.
Through artistic liberty: Pasolini continuously played with background and lighting in unique ways. He also repeatedly shot large groups of people facing away from the camera, along with the use of squares/rectangles and strips/lines.
These complex and bizarre findings influenced my decisions throughout the book, including the introduction of line and shape, X's to represent his rejection, and crosses to represent his obsession with Christianity and Christian Art despite his own beliefs. Some content is presented in Italian, as it was originally written (such as his poems).
The book is entitled "The Frog" after the nickname of the 17 year old prostitute that murdered Pasolini. His fate proves to be extremely ironic, as the main character of Accattone met the same fate after a bizarre vision of his own death. Pasolini was killed in the same manner 13 years after the film's release.