Pasolini’s most virulently satirical film

Pasolini’s most virulently satirical film is made up of two strands that never mesh; in both society is shown as predatory and bestial.

In one, a feral cannibal (Pierre Clémenti) roams a bleak volcanic landscape, killing and raping, until he falls foul of the forces of religion.

In the other, a rich, bored young German (Jean- Pierre Léaud) prefers the company of pigs to that of his fiancée (Anne Wiazemsky), while his father forms an uneasy business alliance with a fellow ex-Nazi.

One strand is near-wordless, the other interminably talky, and in both the satire is applied with a bludgeon.

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