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La Ricotta

A Short film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Produced by Cineriz, Arco Film

Production year : 1963

    Synopsis

    Pasolini's La ricotta ("Curd Cheese") tells the story of filming a movie about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at a slightly hilly waste ground near a residential area. The main character is a simple man playing a bit part - one of the two men who were crucified with Christ, in particular the one who asks Christ to take him in heaven. After giving his own rations to his wife and children, he finds himself hungry. Disguised in women's clothing and a wig he sneaks some more rations. Before he can eat it however he has to film his scene and so hides it. When he gets back however, he discovers that the dog belonging to the films star has found his hiding place. Subsequent to this he sells a dog to a reporter and buys enough curd cheese and bread to feed himself. At the end, he dies from gastric congestion on the cross while filming.

    When the film director (Orson Welles) is interviewed by a reporter, he calls the reporter a middle man and conformist, telling him that if he should die right now, it would be a nice plot development. He then reads to the reporter from Pasolini's book titled "Mamma Roma".

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producers :

    Cineriz, Arco Film

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (4)

    Producers :

    Alberto Barsanti, Alfredo Bini, Angelo Rizzoli

    Director of Photography :

    Tonino Delli Colli

    Screenwriter :

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Editor :

    Nino Baragli

    Technical details

    Short film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    Italian

    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Italy, France)

    Production year :

    1963

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85