“A Diluted Reel of Film in My Brain”

Armando Maggi

in The Resurrection of the Body

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501345
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501369 | DOI:
“A Diluted Reel of Film in My Brain”

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This chapter analyzes the theme of form, which Pasolini identifies as the foundation of his novel, Petrolio. The author's initial claim that Petrolio is less about a plot than about the birth of a form is usually not taken as the actual foundation of the novel; it is examined as a philosophical statement that is often independent of the events narrated in the text. Consistent with the apocalyptic themes studied in the previous chapters, it is argued that this context “to give birth to a form,” as Pasolini says, signifies a sequence of interrelated concepts: a new way of seeing reality, but also the form of a new reality and the form of a new organism—the fetus of a new humanity. In other words, Petrolio is about the formation of a new world and a new way of inhabiting it.

Keywords: Pier Paolo Pasolini; Petrolio; form; borth; reality; new world

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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