The first "Action!" for La macchinazione, a film noir about Pier Paolo Pasolini
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The film is directed by Davide Grieco, author of Evilenko and former assistant director to Pasolini. An Italian-French co-production with Massimo Ranieri as lead
Filming of La macchinazione, [+see also:
film profile] Davide Grieco's movie about Pier Paolo Pasolini, began yesterday, 1 July, in Rome. In 2015 forty years will have elapsed since the mysterious death of Pasolini. When the lifeless body of Pasolini was found at the seaplane base in Ostia on 2 November 1975, Grieco, his very young assistant director, was among the first to get there together with the forensic expert. The film recounts the last three months of Pasolini's life and his relationship with the young man Pino Pelosi. Massimo Ranieri stars asthe great Italian writer, director and intellectual.
In the summer of 1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini is editing his most controversial film, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. In the meantime he's writing Petrolio, a work that denounces the scheming of corrupt political power, and hanging out with Pelosi, a boy from the Roman village in which the Magliana Gang, a criminal organisation that is about to get its hands on the city, starts to make its first moves. The night of 26 August, the Salò negatives are stolen from the premises of Technicolor. When during the night of 1 and 2 November 1975 Pasolini sets off to the seaplane base in Ostia to recover the film negatives, a death-trap is sprung on him, a scheme involving delinquency, organised crime and political and financial crime.
“There are so many hypothetical truths about the death of Pasolini", declares the director, author in 2004 of Evilenko, a film about the Rostov monster, “Pasolini was killed by Pelosi who first acted as informant on the theft of the Salò film rolls and then served as bait for the ambush at the seaplane base. Pasolini was assassinated by the infamous Magliana Gang. Pasolini was killed on Eugenio Cefis' orders because he was investigating the shady dealings of the Director of Eni and Montedison. Pasolini sacrificed his life and died by planning his martyrdom down to the last detail. There is some truth in each one of these theories. One truth buried under so many others”.
La macchinazione is an Italian-French co-production, produced by Propaganda Italia and To be continued Productions in association with the Lazio Film Commission. Written by Guido Bulla and David Grieco, the film stars, in addition to Massimo Raniere, Libero De Rienzo, Roberto Citran, Milena Vukotic, Matteo Taranto, François Xavier Demaison and the young Alessandro Sardelli, on screen for the first time.
Fabio Zamarion is the director of photography; Carmelo Agate the set designer, Nicoletta Taranta the costume designer and Paola Gattabrusi the make-up artist. The film will be shot in Rome and its environs until the middle of August.
(Translated from Italian)