The Scandal of Self-ContradictionPasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, TraditionsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2012
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Cite as: Agnese Grieco, ‘The Body of the Actor: Notes on the Relationship between the Body and Acting in Pasolini’s Cinema’, in The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, Traditions, ed. by Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 6 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 85–103 <>
Earlier citation: Identical except for DOI prefix 10.25620

The Body of the ActorNotes on the Relationship between the Body and Acting in Pasolini’s CinemaAgnese Grieco

Keywords: Pasolini, Pier Paolo; Motion pictures; classical antiquity; Greek myths; Totò; Callas, Maria; Acting; Aeschylus - Oresteia

What is the role or the function of the actor in Pasolini’s cinema? I shall try to put this very general and generic question in another way: how can we define, overall, the particular physiognomy of a Pasolini actor? There are undoubtedly some particular characteristics, but what are they exactly?


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