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Notes Towards an African Orestes

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Director  Pier Paolo Pasolini
Music director  Gato Barbieri
Duration  
Country  Italy
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
Screenplay  Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer  Pier Paolo Pasolini
Language  Italian
Notes Towards an African Orestes movie poster

Release date  16 April 1970
Cast  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gato Barbieri, Marcello Melis, Archie Savage, Yvonne Murray
Similar movies  Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Movies about Italy, Documentaries

Notes Towards an African Orestes (Italian: Appunti per un'Orestiade Africana) is a 1970 Italian film by director Pier Paolo Pasolini about Pasolini's preparations for making a film version of the Oresteia set in Africa.

Notes Towards an African Orestes movie scenes

The film starts as a cinematic notebook of Pasolini scouting locations and actors with a voice-over of his thoughts -- "perhaps this will be my Electra". Back in Rome, there is a sequence with a jazz group playing. He then invites a group of African students at the University of Rome to review his notes and comment. They politely but clearly tell Pasolini that the primeval Africa he imagined had little to do with the complex, diverse reality and that treating it as a primal setting for an ancient European story was foolish. They appear to be amusedly patronised by Pasolini's implication that social progress in Africa via the adoption of Western education systems should be distrusted in favour of his romanticised ideals of communal tribal systems and the dignity of labour.

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The African Orestes was never made. It is implied towards the end of the documentary that Pasolini himself was having doubts concerning his own idea.

The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.

Cast

  • Gato Barbieri - Himself - Musician: saxophone
  • Don Moye - Himself - Musician: drums
  • Marcello Melio - Himself - Musician: contrabasse
  • Yvonne Murray (singer) - Herself - singer
  • Archie Savage - Himself - Singer
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini - Himself (uncredited)
  • References

    Notes Towards an African Orestes Wikipedia
    Notes Towards an African Orestes IMDb Notes Towards an African Orestes themoviedb.org