Pier Paulo Pasolini
1963 105 minutes 1.35:1 Italy
The directors and commentators of The Anger, two of the most important opinion makers and intellectuals in post WWII Europe, employ documentary footage from this era and an accompanying commentary, in which they attempt to answer, quite elegantly and poetically, the existential question: Why are our lives characterized by discontent, anguish, and fear?
Tapping into topics from the 1950’s and the early 1960’s such as racism, the Middle East, Cuba, Stalinism, the Atomic bomb, and the death of Marilyn Monroe it is understandable why the US government was afraid of this film. The directors and commentators of The Anger, two of the most important opinion makers and intellectuals in post WWII Europe, employ documentary footage from this era and an accompanying commentary, in which they attempt to answer, quite elegantly and poetically, the existential question: Why are our lives characterized by discontent, anguish, and fear? The film is in two completely separate parts, and the directors of these respective sections, left-wing film director and poet, Pier Paolo Pasolini and the conservative journalist and film director, Giovanni Guareschi, offer the viewer contrasting analyses of, and prescriptions for modern society. This publication is an exclusive, uncut, restored version obtained from the Cinemateque of Bologna.
“Due to it’s controversial nature, the film at one point was withdrawn from Italian cinemas which was said to have been ordered either directly from America or via the American Embassy in Rome.” Tatti Sanguineti, film historian and critic
"A riveting experiment in politicized cinema, The Anger is a clear must for any admirer of the great Pasolini, but it's also required viewing for anyone looking to gain some insight into either the specific world events of the period or, more generally, the relationship between politics, propaganda, and creative personalities and processes. It has the potential to anger and bemuse as well as edify and enlighten, but there is never a dull moment, and Raro Video has performed something of a cinematic miracle in rescuing this one from obscurity. Highly Recommended." DVDTalk
Cast and Credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini & Giovannino Guareschi
Gastone Ferranti for Opus Film
Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso, Gigi Artuso, Carlo Romano
Original trailer of The Anger (La Rabbia)
A documentary by Tatti Sanguineti entitled La Rabbia I, La Rabbia II, La Rabbia III...
L’Arabia – running time 68 min.
A Pier Paolo Pasolini short film entitled Le Mura di Sana’a – running time 17 min.
A fully illustrated booklet containing director’s comments and a critical analysis of the film
New digital transfer from original 35mm negative print supervised by the Bologna Cinemateque.
Included are images of some never-before-seen color paintings and drawings by the
contemporary Italian artist, Renato Guttuso
Digitally restored and remastered
New and improved English subtitle translation
1963, Italy, 105 min., 35mm, b&w and color
Director Screenplay Commentary: Pier Paolo Pasolini & Giovannino Guareschi
Voice-overs: Giorgio Bassani, Renato Guttuso Carlo Romano, Gigi Artuso
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 4x3 Full Frame
Release Date: July 28, 2011