The Scandal of Self-ContradictionPasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, TraditionsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2012
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Cite as: Hervé Joubert-Laurencin, ‘Figura lacrima’, 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. 237–54 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-06_13>

Figura lacrimaHervé Joubert-Laurencin

Keywords: Pasolini, Pier Paolo; motion pictures; Jesus Christ; Auerbach, Erich; heretics, Christian

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Talking about tears in Pasolini’s cinema evokes the brief moment in Mamma Roma, when a boy hums Una furtiva lagrima in a mocking tone as he sits on a staircase. The man’s tear doesn’t even try to pass for real; it is, in short, a pure ‘tear of the cinema’, made of glycerin, but it assumes, as such, in the story, a figurative reality integrated in the ‘real’ within the fiction and the character’s psychology.

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