Pig Pen / Porcile (1969)

4.0 out of 5

Il Grande Provocatore, Piero Paolo Pasolini explores Nazi experiment camps, cannibalism, bestiality, cultism and corporate greed in a tale of sordidness that sees two stories set a hundred years apart come together under one narrative.

A great cast consisting of Ugo Toganazzi, Alberto Lionello, Jean-Pierre Léaud who played young Antoine in Truffaut's masterpiece The 400 Blows, Anne Wiazemsky, at one time married to Jean-Luc Godard and film director Marco Ferreri move their way through the complex modern age segments. Pierre Clémenti and Pasolini regulars Ninetto Davoli and Franco Citti eat flesh, rape nuns and start a sect in the past times segments of the movie.

Brilliant craftsmanship make this piece one of Pasolini’s best movies, but if looking for graphic content the viewer may be disappointed as Pig Pen uses a suggestive approach when tackling it’s provocative topics. Either way, the mental images the audience conjure up will always be more disturbing than anything that Pasolini could have put on screen. At least, not at this point in time.

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