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Willem Dafoe Portrays Gay Italian Director Pier Pasolini: PHOTO, VIDEO

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The twitter account of the Criterion Collection recently shared two images of Willem DaFoe portraying the influential Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini from director Abel Ferrara’s upcoming film Pasolini.

Pasolini’s body of political and artistic work made him a much celebrated and controversial figure in his native homeland. During the student revolts of the 60s and 70s, he empathized with the policemen, stating that the students were “anthropologically middle-class” and thus too over-priveleged to understand the manipulated plight of the poorer (and thus truly proletariat) policemen. Though Pasolini was openly gay for his entire career, homosexuality and queer themes do not dominate his work. Rather, his artwork also depicted Italian life in a gritty, unflattering neorealistic style that denounced the homogeneic effects of consumerism and unflinchingly depicted sex as an unromantic and sometimes torturous ordeal.

Homosexual themes found their way into three of his films:

“in Teorema (1968), where Terence Stamp's mysterious God-like visitor seduces the son and father of an upper-middle-class family; passingly in Arabian Nights (1974), in an idyll between a king and a commoner that ends in death; and, most darkly of all, in Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975), his infamous rendition of the Marquis de Sade's compendium of sexual horrors.”

In 1963 Pasolini met "the great love of his life," a boy 26 years his younger named Ninetto Davoli. Though their sexual relationship only lasted a few years, the two men lived together for a long while as companions and Davoli appeared in six of Pasolini’s films. In 1975, the director was murdered by being run over several times by his own car. Initially, a young hustler confessed to the crime, but recanted his story 29 years later, saying that he confessed under the duress of the real murderers who had killed Pasolini for being a “dirty communist.”

Dafoe also played gay detective Paul Smecker in the 1999 film Boondock Saints. We discussed how he crafted the role during his red carpet appearance at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

See his interview and another picture of him as Pasolini AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. Yet another gay role going to a straight actor. Typical Liberal Hollywood bs - espousing tolerance but systematically denying positive visibility to actual gay individuals. The younger generation has caught onto this.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 20, 2014 3:15:49 PM


  2. Yet another gay role going to a straight actor. Typical Liberal Hollywood bs - espousing tolerance but systematically denying positive visibility to actual gay individuals. The younger generation has caught onto this.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 20, 2014 3:15:54 PM


  3. that is one scary looking dude in person, saw him in Sydney when he was playing Green Goblin and thought i would pass out. Glad someone's playing Pasolini or trying to at least, he's definitely misunderstood.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Mar 20, 2014 3:30:53 PM


  4. I used to have a copy of Pasolini's "Salo." But I was afraid I'd die in my sleep and someone would find the copy in my possession, and think I was as much a pervert as Rick.

    I guess Pasolini was trying to make statement about fascism. But the ending of "Salo" is too much horror.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 20, 2014 3:38:05 PM


  5. Homosexual themes found their way into three of his films:
    is not quite correct.
    I definitely can remember one more than the ones cited here. It is Canterbury Tales in which a monk was caught engaging in homosexual act and burned at the stake. It was kind of graphic.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 20, 2014 3:50:51 PM


  6. Gus or AG...whatever...if you actually worked in the entertainment business as I had for 20 years...you'd know that it's far from liberal. There are a few high-profile people who are liberal, but the machinery is distinctly conservative and brutal--just like Congress and John Boehner.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 20, 2014 3:50:53 PM


  7. he really looks like pasolini.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 20, 2014 4:10:24 PM


  8. Wow, Pasolini being mentioned on Towleroad…but then my hopes are suddenly dashed by yet another inane Kylie video. :(

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Mar 20, 2014 5:21:53 PM


  9. Oh god, could it please be ANY other director?

    Posted by: distinguetraces | Mar 20, 2014 5:25:27 PM


  10. Pasolini made one of the best films about the life of Christ "The Gospel According to Saint Mathew" (1964)

    Posted by: jarago | Mar 20, 2014 5:30:17 PM


  11. Cant wait to see the first gay biopics where the subject wont end up murdered or killing themselves. I guess I'll have to wait a few more decades.

    Posted by: Felix | Mar 20, 2014 7:11:27 PM


  12. Pasolini slept with young (probably underage) prostitutes and even his own students. I hope He is portrayed as the pathetic piece of sh__ that he was. Willemstad Dafoe - as one of the most villainous looking actors around - is a good start .

    Posted by: Tristram | Mar 20, 2014 11:53:05 PM


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