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La Ricotta

A Short film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Produced by Cineriz, Arco Film

Production year : 1963

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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".

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

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Italy, France

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Minority French (Italy, France)

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