In literary tradition the figure of Medea occupies a prominent position among Greek tragic characters and still now this myth enjoys an extraordinary vitality in figurative art, cinema and literature. Modern authors have reconsidered the myth from a number of binary oppositions embedded in the tragedy, such as the clash between Greeks rationality and barbarians irrationalityarchaism and modernity, colonialism and underdeveloped countries, male authority and feminism, memory of past and alienation of the present.
The author is in Cappadocia in June for the filming of Medea, a companion piece to his Oedipus Rexa film that is far removed from his realistic early movies. The plot faithfully follows the myth of Medea: Un film di Pier Paolo Pasolini. The Western world seems to penetrate and to a certain extent compromise the natural beauty of this land where the function of the landscape is to express these ideas.
Pasolini was a firm believer in the unity of two key concepts: Interested in authors such as Frazer, Eliade, Levi Bruhl, and Mandelbaum, he approaches Cappadocia and its lunar landscape as the supreme portrayal of the visceral, irrational and instinctive barbaric world where Nature, Man and The Divine merge.
Through the elaboration of the myth, the Italian film-maker plunges into an original dimension which is conveyed in a spectacular and majestic way by filming in Cappadocia. To compensate, though, the linearity of the visual fragments, the verbal images in his poems contribute to the description of an area strictly linked to pagan rituals.
There is nothing natural in Nature […] Yes, everything is holy but holiness is also a malediction.
Pasolini creates the entire film in a documentary-like style. The film literally glows with a large number of shots taken just before sunset. With warm nuances of beautiful gold, orange and red colours, Cappadocia is famous for its twilight hues.
For him reality is an entity so perfect that the emotion he experiences, for instance, in the stillness of the summer sky is equal to the most profound personal experience of a modern man.
The rites symbolise the restitution of the vital spirit to the Earth to obtain, in return, fertility. Pasolini and Maria Callas during the shooting of Medea. The sowing time, along with its rituals, is presented in Preghiere su Commissione Prayers on Commissionwritten in Marchand is mentioned in the short poem Endoxa dated 28 April To whom should I throw the seed over my left shoulder?
Could I dismember a death person? And bury the pieces in the fields? In my dreams do the dead appear to me as masks or mice?
And then, do I maybe fear that the Sun, one day or the other, will not rise again, or that the grass will not grow anymore? Do I live in this constant anxiety? Is the year a finished time, with its beginning and its end, and therefore, with death and resurrection? Has wheat any importance in my life?
Do I reckon that an orgy on the grave may help the harvest? And as for the moon, do I find it sympathetic to the snake? March 18 Once more Pasolini marks the main concepts presented in the first few scenes at the beginning of the movie.
Addressing God, the author poses a series of questions which connect common images to deeper queries related to the human existence. The references to the esoteric the seeds over the left shoulder, masks or mice, snakes are combined with images that recall the life cycle, life itself, death and resurrection.
In this atmosphere, Pasolini conveys his uncertainties and doubts about his capacity to believe in the primitive rituals and its symbols, the Sun, Death and Resurrection.
Unlike monotheistic religions where water is usually a symbol of purification, Pasolini chose fire. Connected to Fire is definitely the Sun, omnipresent in the Cappadocia of the movie. The Sun, in its anthropomorphic description, becomes Authority. There is somebody that had the authority of the sun.
Rather, the sun has foreshadowed all possible authorities. The world, let everyone know, is not a pleasant place.
Great importance is given to time.James Stratford, La Trobe University, Chemistry and Physics Department, Faculty Member. Studies Greek Literature, Homer, and Classics.
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