‘Pasolini’ Gets Legal Once-over

Marco Tullio Giordana’s forthcoming feature, “Pasolini: An Italian Crime,” has been earmarked as a controversial item ever since word of the production began circulating. But the Italo director’s efforts will come under legal scrutiny even before the pic wraps postproduction.

Nino Marazzita, who represented the state at the trial that followed film director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s brutal murder in 1975, officially submitted Giordana’s book of the same name to the Rome state attorneys office Jan. 24.

Based on research while scripting his film, Giordana’s book turns a spotlight on the substantial evidence showing that street kid Pino Pelosi, who was convicted of Pasolini’s murder, did not act alone.

“There’s no explosive confession,” said Giordana. “Nor is there any new proof. But there is a different association between the facts.”

The writer and director hopes the current Italo magistrature will be more conscientious than its 1970s counterparts, reopening the case to uncover the full truth about Pasolini’s murder.

While the findings at Pelosi’s trial indicated the complicity of “persons unknown,” no probe of who they might have been has ever taken place.

“Perhaps a different truth will be discovered about Pasolini’s death,” said Marazzita. “Maybe it will be a banal and disheartening one, but the truth, whatever it is, for us laymen is of absolute importance.”

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