Michele Mancini, Giuseppe Perrella & Benedikt Reichenbach (Eds.)
Around 1980 in Rome, a small cooperative around film critics Michele Mancini and Giuseppe Perrella produced a mysterious, elaborate and yet seemingly effortless 600-page book of b&w photographs, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Corpi e Luoghi (1981). In the multifaceted cultural and political environment of the era, the publication was acclaimed an indispensable tool for future Pasolini (1922-1975) research. Although long since forgotten and out of print, Corpi e Luoghi, to this day, it remains what one reviewer called “the most Pasolinian book to date”. With its relentless and yet playful classification of some 2,000 film stills arranged under the categories of “bodies” and “places”, Mancini and Perrella stage an ever-shifting archival space. Some of the pictures recurring under various subcategories. With a hidden reference to Walter Benjamin and a correspondingly revolutionary attitude, quotation here is understood as a form of “appropriation”, as a practical application of specific material.
In keeping with the great filmmaker’s credo, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Corpi e Luoghi is a colossal attempt to take this enormous amount of material, in book form, where it wants to go. The new quasi-facsimiled edition—Pasolini’s Bodies and Places—translated into English for the first time by noted American curator Ann Goldstein and edited by graphic designer and cultural historian Benedikt Reichenbach, explores the original publication. Its compilation of quoted film images is preceded by brief texts by Pasolini unpublished prior to Corpi e Luoghi and accompanied by Mancini and Perrella’s text discussing their approach.
8 ½ x 8 ½ in. / 640 pp / 1500 b&w and color
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