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Saturday October 20th 2018

Edipo Re (Oedipus the King) | 1967

Edipo Re filming location: San Petronio, Bologna
Edipo Re location: blind beggar Oedipus plays his flute on the church steps: San Petronio, Bologna | Photograph: Wikimedia

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s heavily Freudian filming of the Greek myth is bookended by the birth of a child in the 1930s and his maturity in the 1960s.

For the ancient Greek towns of ‘Corinth’ and ‘Thebes’, Pasolini used the beautiful fortified kasbahs and the spectacular deserts around Ouarzazate, southern Morocco.

The updated prologue and epilogue filmed in Pasolini’s hometown of Bologna, the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

The present-day Oedipus becomes a blind beggar playing his flute on the steps of San Petronio, one of the world’s largest churches, on the Piazza Maggiore, while his boy, Angelo, chases pigeons in front of the Palazzo Communale.