It thrills me to no end to see someone from the region where he was born and spent his early-life reading about him and how some of us in America value who he was. I can't do any justice to Pier Paolo, this modern saint and poet. Read his writings. Watch the films he directed, and often wrote as well. If you're lucky, you already know Friulian and Italian.
On the other hand, they might hate him, but that was Pasolini. The reactions to him were strong, because he was a voice of truth. And that's just his cultural and political writings; Pasolini was like Leonardo DaVinci, a polymath who could excel at almost anything. He angered both the Italian Communist Party, and the fascists. My feeling is that he decided very early-on that for Italian culture to absorb his ideas, he would have to offer-himself-up as a kind of sacrifice. Most interesting is that Friuli was that strange place on the Northeastern side of the Apennine penninsula that remained pagan well into the 15th-16th centuries...
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