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Italy celebrates 100 years of Pasolini

Italy pays tribute to Pasolini with exhibitions, events and new publications.

Italy is marking the centenary of the birth of the film director, poet, writer and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini with a series of special events in 2022.

Rome pays homage to Pasolini with a year-long programme called PPP100 with readings, theatre, film screenings and an exhibition of his paintings at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna on Via Crispi.

There is also a trilogy of exhibitions underway in Rome this autumn dedicated to Pasolini, at Palazzo Barberini, MAXXI and Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

Among the numerous books marking the centenary is Caro Pier Paolo, a new collection of letters by the Italian writer Dacia Maraini who documents travels with her close friend Pasolini and her partner, the novelist Alberto Moravia.

Other new publications delve into the mystery surrounding Pasolini's unsolved murder at Ostia near the Italian capital on 2 November 1975.

There will also be shows devoted to Pasolini in cities around Italy including his hometown of Bologna where he was born on 5 March 1922.

A major figure on the Roman cultural scene in the post-war period, Pasolini was an important protagonist in European literature and cinematic arts.

He is best remembered for films including Accattone, Mamma Roma and Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, and literary works Ragazzi di vita and Una vita violenta.

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