Edipo Re (Oedipus the King), 1967


Pier Paolo Pasolini


visit the film locations

Bologna: flights: Aeroporto G Marconi di Bologna

Morocco: flights to Menara (Marrakech) or Mohammed V (Casablanca)

Tourist info: Tourism in Morocco

Specialist tours: Cosmos Tourama Tour holidays, including Morocco and visits to Aït Ben Haddou


Ouarzazate is a popular location you can also see in Gladiator and Sergio Leone’s The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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, 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.

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