Oedipus Rex


Pier Paolo Pasolini take on a Freudian favourite

Oedipus killed his dad and shagged his mum, but that’s not enough for Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Instead, the Italian iconoclast’s re-interpretation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy finds a fresh approach by veering from the director’s pre-war youth (where POV shots suggest the whole thing is baby Pier Paolo’s dream) to an abstract ancient world filmed against scorching Moroccan backdrops.

Forget Freud; Pasolini’s revised Oedipus complex finds the worst crime is to try and run away from trouble.

A ragged, rambunctious piece of myth-making from a director who always hurtled headlong into it.

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