journal articleDOI: 10.25620/rp-19_01
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph F. E. Holzhey

Active Passivity?

Spinoza in Pasolini’s Porcile
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Porcile (Pigsty) was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1969 and was harshly criticized for its scandalous and desecrating character. It is indeed a provocative and bleak film, which offers a scathing political critique of ongoing fascism but without seeming to allow for any space for intervention or change. With Porcile, Pasolini continues to distance himself from Marxist engagement and revolutionary politics, and while he characterizes its politics in terms of an ‘apocalyptic anarchy’ that can only be approached with distance and humour, our suggestion is that Porcile proposes abandoning (political) activity and hope for a better future as a paradoxical form of both radical political critique and joy.
Keywords: Pasolini, Piero Paolo; active passivity; Porcile (film); Spinoza, Baruch
Title
Active Passivity?
Subtitle
Spinoza in Pasolini’s Porcile
Author(s)
Manuele Gragnolati
Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Identifier
Description
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Porcile (Pigsty) was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1969 and was harshly criticized for its scandalous and desecrating character. It is indeed a provocative and bleak film, which offers a scathing political critique of ongoing fascism but without seeming to allow for any space for intervention or change. With Porcile, Pasolini continues to distance himself from Marxist engagement and revolutionary politics, and while he characterizes its politics in terms of an ‘apocalyptic anarchy’ that can only be approached with distance and humour, our suggestion is that Porcile proposes abandoning (political) activity and hope for a better future as a paradoxical form of both radical political critique and joy.
Publisher
world picture
Date
2015
Subject
Pasolini, Piero Paolo
active passivity
Porcile (film)
Spinoza, Baruch
Rights
© by the author(s)
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Harvested
yes
Language
en-GB
short title
Active Passivity?
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