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Porcile - Pasolini

» Having closely questioned our conscience we have decided to devour you for your disobedience. You, wife, and I are allied: you, father-mother; I, mother-father. Tenderness and hardness accompany our son. The Germany of Bonn, by God is not Hitler’s Germany! Cheeses are made, beer, buttons (the cannon industry is for export). True, Hitler was also a bit feminine, but a feminine murderer: our tradition has decidedly improved. So, the murderous mother had obedient sons with blue eyes and much desperate love, while I, affectionate mother, have this son neither obedient nor disobedient… I and my Bertha have discussed democratically this matter. If he’d obeyed I’d have taken him under my wing… we’d have flown over our Cologne’s smokestacks, forges of buttons and cannons. But if he’d disobeyed me I’d crushed him. With a son not agreeing or disagreeing I could do nothing… Having closely questioned our conscience we have decided to devour you for your disobedience.

- Monologue of Herr Klotz, Julian’s father from “Pigsty”
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The second episode is called Pigsty, which is the name of the whole film. This takes place in the industrialized part of Germany, at Godesberg, near Cologne, which is where Adenauer used to live, in the villa of a big German industrialist rather like Krupp, say – one of the old industrial families. This industrialist has a mysterious son. A girl is in love with the son, but the son does not reciprocate her love, although he is not in love with anybody else. He says he wants to take part in the student movement and then he doesn’t. He is 50% with the conformists and 50% with the non-conformists, so he is nothing. His father has an economic and political rival he is trying to eliminate, and through detectives he has found out that his rival was a Nazi criminal with a collection of Jewish skeletons. He is just about to eliminate him when the rival turns up at his house and tells him about his own son, because the rival had the same idea of destroying his competitor, and so he ‘d done some spying on him as well. This had revealed that the mysterious son could only have erotic relations with pigs, hence his fraudulent visits to the sty. So the two industrialists, the neo-capitalist with Nazi past and the more cultured paleo-capitalist unite and do a merger. Just at this moment the son goes off as usual to the pigsty… This is right in the middle of the merger celebrations. Some farmers appear and tell the old industrialist that the young man has been eaten by the pigs. The old man listens carefully, and when he has satisfied himself that there is absolutely nothing left, not even a button or anything like that, he says to the farmers: “All right, don’t say anything about this to anybody”, and that’s the end.

- P.P.Pasolini, “Pasolini on Pasolini (Interviews with Oswald Stack)”, Indiana Univ. Pr, 1969, p. 142

- Watch the film here » Porcile (1969)

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