A Visionary Rage: Pasolini's Saint Paul
To mark publication at last by Verso books of an English translation of the film that never was: San Paolo (Saint Paul)
A Nos Amours, Verso Books and Gareth Evans present a screening of Pasolini’s forensic dissection of the tragedy of human society and life La Rabbia(The Rage), together with a top flight panel to discuss and celebrate the publication at long last in English translation of his screenplay for a life of Saint Paul – the film that never was, which would have transposed the biblical Saint Paul to a contemporary setting.
La Rabbia 1963, 35mm, with English subtitles
reconstructed and restored by Cineteca di Bologna
and a panel discussion with:
John David Rhodes
Chaired by Gareth Evans
Having shot the life of Christ (The Gospel According to St Matthew), Pasolini conceived of a film about the life of Saint Paul:
With the simple strength of his religious message, Saint Paul in revolutionary fashion demolished a type of society founded on class violence, imperialism, and above all slavery. And so it is clear that for the Roman aristocracy and the various collaborationist ruling classes, one can substitute by analogy the present bourgeois class that has capital in its hands, while for the humble and downtrodden should be substituted the.... subproletarians of today.
He outlined his project in 1966 and even published it in Italy in 1977. This was to be a film about the figure of Saint Paul, founder of the church, interpreter of the Gospel message. He would be however:
A double Saint Paul… schizophrenic, completely dissociated in two: one is a saint (obviously Saint Paul had a mystical experience that was also authentic)… the other instead is the priest, ex-Pharisee, who recuperates his prior cultural situations and who will be the founder of the church. For this I condemn him… as the founder of the Church, with a l the negative elements… the sex phobia, the anti-feminism, the organisation, the collars, the triumphalism, the moralism.