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Il Giovane Corsaro – Pasolini da Bologna, by Emilio Marrese

23 February 6pm   
Screening of Il Giovane Corsaro – Pasolini da Bologna   
by Emilio Marrese   

Director: Emilio Marrese   
Cast: Neri Marcorè, Nico Guerzoni e Samantha Faina   
Docufilm, colour, 2022, 1h39’   

In Italian with English subtitles   

Introduction by Prof. Guido Bonsaver, University of Oxford   

A young student prepares his degree thesis on Pasolini and Bologna by investigating the relationship of the great intellectual with the city of his childhood and his studies. Following in the footsteps left by Pasolini in Bologna, the protagonist will tell, for the first time in the form of a documentary the emotional, visceral but also controversial bond of Pasolini with Bologna until his final days. Bologna was also chosen by Pasolini as the set of important movies of his filmography such as “Edipo Re”, “Comizi d’amore” and above all of the scandalous last ” Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma”. Many characteristics and even inconsistencies of Pasolini are shared with the nature of his hometown: the multifaceted cultural fervor, the curiosity towards all possible directions of artistic thought, the inconsistency between the bourgeois soul and the progressive, conservative and avant-garde, reactionary and rebellious, catholic and hedonist.


Guido Bonsaver is Professor of Italian Cultural History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Pembroke College. He studied in Italy at the universities of Bologna and Verona, and completed his PhD while teaching at Reading University, in Britain. Before arriving at Oxford in 2003, he taught at the universities of Sussex, Kent and Royal Holloway London. In 2012 he was appointed Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica in recognition of his contribution to Italian culture. He has collaborated with a variety of media outlets such as BBC radio and television channels, RAI radio and TV channels, and various specialist and generalist journals.

Emilio Marrese is an Italian journalist (La Repubblica), writer, radio host and screenwriter. He has written several books and in 2004 he won the Piero Dardanello journalism award. He is the author of many docufilms.