By Alvin Chung
Throughout film history, geniuses made masterpieces that represent not only the issues of their own times but also reaching universal themes — these movies are relatable years after their initial release.
This list compiles such works from around the world: Italy, Spain, Austria, France and beyond, crossing over genres from horror to comedy.
10. Porcile (1969)
Pier Paolo Pasolini – the greatest Italian poet of the Italian poet of the twentieth century, according to Alberto Moravia – is also one of the most significant film directors in history. Whether it is the Catholic masterpiece, The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), or the extremely disturbing Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), the Italian master never fails to display a greatness of poetic spirit and an understanding of the human condition.
Porcile is arguably his strangest film. It tells two parallel stories: one about prehistoric cannibals, another about a rich family’s pigsty. The movie is as much an intellectual exercise as a stylistic amusement. There is no plot to be spoken of – it is more like Modernist or Symbolist poetry than like a narrative feature.
The film’s infamous tagline, “I killed my father, I ate human flesh and I quiver with joy”, summarizes its psychoanalytic and amoral nature. It can be seen as both a critique of capitalist society and an allegory about human nature, exploring the crossroads between morality and desire, values and instincts.
Although undoubtedly a great film, Porcile is not the best introduction to Pasolini’s filmography. Viewer unaccustomed to the Italian auteur’s work should start with his more accessible neorealist works, such as Mama Roma (1962), or his more straightforward experimental works, like Teorema (1968). Only then the artistic intricacy of Porcile reveals itself.
9. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
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From:: Taste Of Cinema